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"Santa Justa Elevator" Elevador da Santa Justa Tip by Willettsworld

Elevador da Santa Justa, Lisbon: 71 reviews and 127 photos

I believe every major city should have something that little bit on the quirky side and, with that in mind, Lisbon offers the visitor this. Located in downtown Baixa, this elevator was designed by a follower of French engineer Gustav Eiffel and connects the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher Largo do Carmo (Carmo Square).

It was designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, an engineer born in Porto to French parents. Construction began in 1900 and was finished in 1902; originally powered by steam, it was converted to electrical operation in 1907. The iron lift is 45 metres tall and is decorated in neo-gothic style, with a different pattern on each storey. The top storey is reached by helicoidal staircases and has a terrace that offers views of Lisbon Castle, Rossio Square and the Baixa neighbourhood. One tip, don't bother going right to the top as the views from where the lift stops are just as go plus you don't have to pay.

Address: Rua do Ouro,1150-060 Lisboa
Directions: Between Rua do Carmo & Rua Áurea Á Ajuda
Phone: +351 21 413 8679

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 5, 2010
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