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Elevador da Santa Justa, Lisbon: 72 reviews and 125 photos
I've read on some other VTers' pages that you should skip this elevator that takes you from Baixa (the Lower Town) up to Bairro Alto (the high neighborhood). In my Lonely Planet guide, it also only recommended riding the elevator if the lines weren't too long. However, when I visited in February, there was no line at all and the ride only costs 2 Euros, so it's well worth it for the views. There's even a cafe on the top that provides amazing views over the city (although the seating is cramped and your meal will be interrupted by a constant stream of picture taking tourists). The viewpoint gives you the best overhead look at Baixa in the city and you also get an amazing view of the Convento do Carmo at the top.
The elevator was designed by a disciple of Gustave Eiffel (yeah, THAT Eiffel), Raul Mesnier du Ponsard and clearly was influenced by the more famous wrought iron Parisian wonder. It opened in 1902 and for the 100-plus years since, it's been saving Lisbonites from the steep climb to Bairro Alto. When you're walking down Rua Augusta in Baixa, you're sure to see the massive structure rising almost incongruously from the elegantly planned neighborhood below.
Address: Rua do Ouro,1150-060 Lisboa
Phone: +351 21 413 8679
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