Santa Justa Lift in Lisbon

May 08, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Santa Justa LiftSanta Justa LiftThe Santa Justa Lift (Elevador de Santa Justa in Portuguese), also called Carmo Lift (Elevador do Carmo) 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 lowest and highest points of the city). 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.

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.

Lisbon at NightLisbon at NightNightime view toward the Castle of Saint George from the top of the Santa Justa Lift (Elevador de Santa Justa in Portuguese), also called Carmo Lift (Elevador do Carmo) 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 lowest and highest points of the city). 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.
Evening View from the observation deck at the top of the lift toward Castello Sao Jorge

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Lisbon Bird's Eye ViewLisbon Bird's Eye ViewA view of downtown Lisbon, Portugal from the Castle of Saint George (Castelo de Sao Jorge). The Santa Justa Lift (Elevador de Santa Justa) stands at the end of Rua de Santa Justa. Behind it is the large Carmo Convent which was ruined in the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake and currently houses the Carmo Archaeological Museum. The purple building near the top of the photo is the Trindade Theater (Teatro Trindade) a popular venue for plays, concerts, and other events.
View of the Lift from Castello Sao Jorge


Santa Justa LiftSanta Justa LiftThe Santa Justa Lift (Elevador de Santa Justa in Portuguese), also called Carmo Lift (Elevador do Carmo) 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 lowest and highest points of the city). 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.
View of the Lift from Rua Santa Justa


Santa Justa LiftSanta Justa LiftThe Santa Justa Lift (Elevador de Santa Justa in Portuguese), also called Carmo Lift (Elevador do Carmo) 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 lowest and highest points of the city). 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.

View of the Lift at dawn from Rua Santa Justa
 


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