"Elevador de Santa Justa" Elevador da Santa Justa Tip by toonsarah

Elevador da Santa Justa, Lisbon: 72 reviews and 125 photos

  Elevador de Santa Justa
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  • Elevador de Santa Justa - Lisbon
      Elevador de Santa Justa
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  • Looking down through the lift's metal grille - Lisbon
      Looking down through the lift's metal grille
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  • And straight down at the street below - Lisbon
      And straight down at the street below
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This is one of Lisbon?s most distinctive sights, a lift in the middle of the city that transports its passengers from the low-lying Baixa to the fringes of the Bairro Alto in seconds, offering spectacular vistas of the streets below as it does so. I hesitated over whether to place it here as a ?Thing to Do? or to include it as a transport tip, and in the end decided that although it clearly is a means of transport, it is such an iconic sight, and so many ride the lift simply for the experience and the views, that it merited its inclusion here.

The lift was designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, a Portuguese engineer who studied under Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame (some sources seem to erroneously give Eiffel himself as the designer). It is made of iron, the metal shaped into neo-gothic arches and ornaments, each storey different from those above and below. Its 45 metres link the streets of the Baixa to the Largo do Carmo above, and passengers emerge on to a viewing terrace affording an excellent panorama of the city?s rooftops and characteristic black and white paved streets and squares, including Rossio, with the Alfama and its castle beyond. From here a walkway bridges the gap to the Largo do Carmo, your gateway to the Bairro Alto.

You can use your Lisbon Card or any of the various public transport cards to pay for your ride, but if you don?t have any of these a return trip will cost ?2.80 and is worth it in my opinion not only for the views but also to spare you the steep walk and save your energy for explorations around the Bairro Alto?s maze of streets.

Address: Rua do Ouro,1150-060 Lisboa
Directions: Links the Rua do Aurea and Largo do Carmo
Phone: +351 21 413 8679
Website: http://www.carris.pt/en/elevators/

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  • Written Jun 12, 2009
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