Santa Justa Lift in Lisbon
Lisbon is famous for its many hills, as evidenced by its nickname "A Cidade das Sete Colinas", "The City of Seven Hills." Over the years, the residents of Lisbon have developed different tools to help them overcome gravity and move around the city more easily. We were fortunate that our hotel (the awesome Art Inn) was very near one of the most interesting ways to get up and down - the Santa Justa Lift.
The Santa Justa Lift (Elevador de Santa Justa in Portuguese), also called Carmo Lift (Elevador do Carmo) is one of the most recognizable landmarks in downtown Lisbon, Portugal. The elevator was designed and constructed at the turn of the 20th Century by the Portugal-born, French architect Raoul de Mesnier du Ponsard (an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel) to connect downtown to Bairro Alto. The elevator was originally powered by steam and was converted to electricity in 1907. The elevator is 45 meters (150 feet) tall and has a lookout on the top offering panoramic views of the city. There are two elevator cabins, each with a capacity of 29 people.
Click on any photo to open it in the gallery where you can download, pin, like, or share it. Click here to see other photos of the Santa Justa Lift in my Portugal gallery. You may also want to read my blog postings on the Bica Funicular, the Gloria Funicular, and the Trolleys of Lisbon.
View of the Lift at dawn from Rua Santa Justa
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