Carfree Cities
Crooked Streets

The following series of images was shot in Coimbra, Portugal, in February 2002. It illustrates the mystery and continuing interest created by the crooked streets that typify medieval urban areas. In this case, the irregular path slightly reduces the rather steep grades. The street was likely laid out to minimize the amount of site grading required, at a time when this labor was largely done by hand.

The first of a series of vantage points

About 5 meters further on

Another 5 meters on

And just around the bend,
a view of the river is revealed

The views are so varied that one might not immediately realize that they were taken so close to one another. Of course, when on foot, there is no break in continuity.

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