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    Elevador de Santa Justa

    by a2lopes Updated Mar 19, 2009

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    As Lisbon presents a very irregular relief the city authorities start to develop funiculars and lifts, means of transportation which become very useful to people who do not wish to climb the hills on foot. Leading to Bairro Alto there are three lifts or elevators, and Santa Justa Elevator, aka Elevator of Carmo, which connects the lower city with the Chiado district is the only vertical one.

    Constructed in neo-gothic style with wrought iron and glass, and agreeably decorated, the lift is similar to a metallic tower (45 meters high) and is a unique post-Eiffel iron architecture masterpiece. This landmark of downtown Lisbon was a project of Raul Ponsard (Eiffel’s pupil) and was put on service on 1902. Originally powered by steam it was changed to electricity a few years later and it still works today as it was at that time.

    Getting on the elevator is like entering an open air museum and you can go up to the esplanade and take in panoramic views over all of Lisbon -Igreja do Carmo nearby, the Rossio and the Avenida da Liberdade, the castle, the river, Alfama and the cathedral.
    Of course this tourist attraction is often crowded mostly in summer time and around other major tourist events. So if you want to get that view and you don’t want to wait on the line follow my suggestion -go on foot take the Carmo and Garrett streets go to Carmo’s plaza and from there take the last 20m via a spiral staircase and enjoy the splendid views.

    I go from time to time to the cafeteria on the top just to get the magnificent panorama over the city centre and the gorgeous Tejo river... and get some photos.

    Open - 7am- 11pm; Sundays and holidays: - 9am- 11pm
    Served by several buses (www.carris.pt) and Baixa/Chiado metro station or Rossio metro station (www.metrolisboa.pt)

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    There's up ....

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 24, 2008

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    Going down!

    Like the city's trams, Lisbon's elevadors have become a tourist "thing to do" in their own right. Built in the late 19th century to cope with the city's steepest hills, there are three funicular railways. They're quite extraordinary pieces of engineering as well as very welcome ways to avoid climbing some of those steep streets when making your way from the lower city up to the Bairro Alto

    Elevador da Glória runs up the almost impossibly steep São Glória near Praça dos Restauradores as far as Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara, just a few steps from the miradouro of the same name. When it was built in 1885, it was powered by water displacement. Steam replaced this but nowadays it runs on electricity. The elevador only takes about a minute - and much less puff than trudging up the adjacent footpath, the alternative way up to the top!

    Closer to the river, the Elevador da Bica has been saving people's legs since 1892. It runs up the hill between Rua São Paulo and Calçada do Combro. Take the elevador up and walk down through the Bica area, an absolute maze of narrow streets lined with old shops and houses.

    We didn't make it over to the Elevador do Lavra, the first (1882) of the funiculars to be built. Next time ...

    If you've bought a multi-rider transport ticket (useable on buses and trams but not the metro) you can use this for the elevadors. Otherwise you can buy a single ticket for 1.20 euro from the elevador operator or a 2 ride ticket for 1.50 euro from kiosks around the city.

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    ..and there's UP!!

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 24, 2008

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    Lisbon's answer to the Eiffel Tower is the Elevador de Santa Justa, an extraordinary edifice - all neo-Gothic ironwork on the outside - containing a polished wood-lined lift that takes you the first 32 metres, with another 13 metres up a staircase to a rooftop terrace - straight up from Baixa to the Largo da Carmo in Chiado.

    With lancet tracery - every level a different pattern - piercing the exterior of the lift and a veritable pattern book of wrought iron work in the various elements of the tower, all topped off with a flag-decked pod right at the top and visible above the surrounding buildings like some weird flying saucer, the elevador certainly is a city landmark.

    The upper level exit leads to a covered walkway across to the Largo ds Carmo, or you can climb the spiral staircase to the rooftop cafe - a great place to take a break, especially on a sunny day, as the views are astonishing.

    I've no doubt, summertime sees long queues for the lift - the cabin only holds 24 people - and there is a charge for the very brief ride up and/or down. Visit in winter as we did and you should be able to walk straight in. Lovers of the bizarre and the peculiar will love it - we did.

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    Elevador de Santa Justa

    by HORSCHECK Updated Feb 10, 2009

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    The neo-Gothic Elevador Santa Justa is probably Lisbon's most popular lift. The 45 m tall structure was built between 1900 and 1902 by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard who was an apprentice of Gustav Eiffel.

    The lift connects the Baixa with the Bairro Alto district. Apart from that it offers splendid views of the Baixa.

    A return ticket is 2,40 Euro (2006), but you can also enter the viewing platform for free when coming from Lago do Carmo in the Bairro Alto district.

    Directions:
    The Elevador de Santa Justa is located in the Baixa district, just in between the Rossio square and the Praca do Comercio. The nearest metro stop is "Baixa-Chiado" (blue and green line).

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    Elevador Santa Justa - By Night!

    by mazzap Updated Mar 17, 2006

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    An awesome sight!

    Strolling through Lisbon centre one night we turned a corner & saw this elevador lit up in it's full glory, it was an awesome sight!

    A fine example of neo-Gothic ironwork architecture built in 1901.

    Ride it to get from lower area of Baixa to the higher levels of the Chiado area. A great view from the top over the streets in the Pombaline Baixa area & the river. Complete with it's own cafe on the top!

    Open until 9pm & inexpensive. Only get a return ticket if you intend to come back down in the elevador!

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    Elevador da Glória

    by rsilva Updated May 27, 2005

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    The "Elevador da Glória" (Glória Funicular), opened 24 October 1885 and is probably the most popular funicular in Lisbon, first due to its usefulness for locals (it connects the Restauradores square to Bairro Alto) and because it is located next to one of the tourist information offices.

    There are two cars that will take you up and down the almost 270 meters of steep hill. Don't forget that it is also run by "Carris", the same company that run the buses, so you can use the same bus tickets, specially if you have a 1 or 3-day ticket.

    On the top you will find, on your right-hand side, S. Pedro de Alcântara belvedere, that provides a lovely view over Lisbon.

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    Elevador de Santa Justa

    by toonsarah Written Jun 12, 2009

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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.

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    Santa Justa

    by solopes Updated Dec 16, 2013

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    Built following Eifell's style by another french engineer, this elevator is still in use, allowing a quick and convenient ascension to Carmo's level.

    Most people limit themselves to admire the construction, but, since you need to go uphill, it's a good idea to use it.

    However, if you want to save the time lost in the long lines, you may use the trick I describe in my Local Secrets tip

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    Elevador de Santa Justa

    by slothtraveller Written Jun 26, 2012

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    Elevador de Santa Justa

    Lisbon is quite a steep city so getting around can be a bit of a problem. The solution? Build some mechanised lifts to take tired locals and tourists from one city level to another! This lift/elevator is the most iconic in Lisbon and was built by a pupil of Eiffel called Raoul Mesnier de Posnard. Therefore, similarities between the design of the Elevador de Santa Justa and the Eiffel Tower are not coincidental!
    The lift operates between the lower level at Baixa to the upper level near the ruins of the Carmo Convent. The lift affords good views over the city from the top. There is an admission charge for the lift, however, day tickets for the public bus/tram system are valid as is the Aerobus ticket.

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    Elevadores de Santa Justa

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jun 27, 2005

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    Elevadore de Santa Justa

    This Elevator was designed to traverse some of the vertical distance in Lisbon and was designed by a student of Gustave Effiel as such it shares much of the same look and feel as the Effiel tower. Currently the walk way on top of the elevador is closed so the elevator has no practical purpose. However there is an observation deck and snack bar on the top with excellent views of the city.

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    Elevator of Carmo - Elevador de Santa Justa

    by Birsen Written Oct 2, 2007

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    Elevador de Santa Justa

    One of the city's best-loved landmarks and also known as the "Elevator of Carmo," this extraordinary structure was built at the turn of the century by the French architect Raoul de Mesnier du Ponsard (an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel, explaining the structure's similarities to Paris' Eiffel Tower), to connect downtown to Bairro Alto (the lowest and highest points of the city).

    Originally powered by steam, it is 45 meters (147ft) high, and remains an interesting example of post-Eiffel iron architecture. The top of the Neo-Gothic tower, reached via a spiral staircase, has a cafe with splendid views of the city, including over Rossio Square, the castle and the river.

    Every day 7AM-9PM
    5€ up &down

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    Elevador da Gloria

    by Birsen Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    Elevador da Gloria

    Glória Funicular is one of the funiculars existent in Lisbon, right downtown, most precisely on the Restauradores Square. It makes the connection between this square and Bairro Alto (literally High Quarter) on a 265 metres journey up or down the hill.

    When you go out of the funicular you will find on the right side the S. Pedro de Alcântara belvedere, from where you get a magnificent view of downtown Lisbon and the magical St. George Castle. Just across the road, slightly to the right, at Rua de S. Pedro de Alcântara, nos.39-49, lies the Instituto do Vinho do Porto, where a vast range of port-wines may be tasted and purchased in the sumptuous surroundings of the Palácio Ludovice (1749).

    The Glória funicular opened on 24 October, 1885, and since then two funiculars have been going up and down, carrying locals and tourists on a journey though not being particularly rich in landscape, is still unique and very nice!

    It recently started to give service after the renovation( Sep 16 2007). We took this elevator instead of taking Elevador Santa Justa (wich is very touristy and expensive 5 €). The good thing is when you get off you find yourself already up in Barrio Alto and with a short walk you can visit top of the Elevador de Santa Justa and enjoy the beautiful city views. Later on walking down to Rossio is very easy and fun.

    tix: 1.3 € or free with unlimited 7 Colinas

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    An elevator with a cafe and a spectacular view

    by SOLODANCER Updated Aug 4, 2009

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    Elevador de Santa Justa:  eccentricity of a ride

    Lisbon's Elevador de Santa Justa in the Baixa (lower town) is a unique and picturesque feature of the city's varied personality. It is a peculiar-looking structure but one which clearly generates constant curiousity and interest to the visitor of this city. It is a funicular or elevator of a different elk. First of all, it is an elevator within a tower in the open space and visibility of a crowded street...as tho it had been planted there like a giant iron-rod right into the ground towering and seeming to be so formidable against natural forces.

    Lisbon has four funiculars or elevadores which were designed and built to provide a measure of convenience and ease for the residents in this superbly hilly city ferrying them to the top-of-the-hill neighborhoods from the Baixa. And they afford a comfortable, scenic and memorable ride. There are the Elevador da Gloria, the most popular of all which runs up to Bairro Alto from Praca dos Restauradores, the Elevador da Bica, at the lower end of Bairro Alto near the Praca do Camoes just off the fashionable Chiado which takes passengers down to the riverfront area around the Cais do Sodre train station, the Elevador da Lavra on the opposite hill up the steep Mouraria district of Lisbon. And there's the Elevador de Santa Justa, the most eccentric-looking of them all which provides the quickest way for one to reach Bairro Alto at Largo do Carmo on the grounds of the fabled ruins of Convento do Carmo (Convent of the Carmelites destroyed in the 1755 earthquake) from the shopping streets of the Baixa. Of course, these days when this very elevator has so gained the status of a celebrity, only mostly tourists take the ride up to obtain a most breathtaking panoramic view of the city as well as to experience the cafe located at the very top upon a vertigo-inducing setting.

    The Elevador de Santa Justa built during the late1800's is the work of the French architect Raoul Mesnier, an apprentice of the famous Alexander Gustave Eiffel of the Eiffel tower fame of Paris. A neo-gothic style made of heavy wrought-iron and embellished with intricate feligrees, the funicular is a fantastic work of engineering rising up to a height of 105 feet. Another of its principal attraction are its two wood-paneled elevator cabins complete with brass fittings which carry passengers up and down.

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    Elevador Santa Justa - Eiffel style Elevator

    by rsilva Updated May 27, 2005

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    View from the top

    Elevador Santa Justa is a remarkable work and was designed by one of Gustave Eiffel's apprentices and connects Rossio to "Largo do Carmo". It is quite obvious that the style is very similar to the one of the Eiffel tower in Paris.
    It was built in 1902 and was steam powered, later (1907) becoming electrical powered and is entirely made of cast iron, it can carry up to 25 people in each of the two cars.

    There is a café on top and there are some magnificent views over Lisbon from the terrace.
    It is the only vertical elevator that is in public service and is run by "Carris", which is Lisbon's Bus and tram company so therefore bus tickets work here.

    Tip: it will cost you two tickets to get up and another two to get down. If you buy a one (or three)-day ticket (bilhete de 1 dia or 3 dias), it will cost about the same, but you will be able to use all buses and trams as well on that day. Beware that you have to buy these tickets before in one of the ticket kiosks spread around town.

    Last time I visited the Elevator, you could only go up to see the view and down again as the passage to "Largo do Carmo" was closed.

    During the busy times (weekends) there might be a bit of a queue.

    In case you do not want to wait or you are on a tight budget, check out my Lisboa Regency Chiado tip.

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    Upsy Daisy on the Elevador de Santa Justa

    by calcaf38 Written Mar 1, 2006

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    The Elevador, seen from below

    This hilarious industrial age elevator links two distinct neighborhoods, the low lying and straight designed Baixa, and the hilly Chiado. You can walk up and down in nearby streets, but the elevator is more fun, and if you have a Lisbon Card or a Bus Pass, it is included. From the top, you have a good view of the ruins of the Carmo convent. Oh, by the way, the foot bridge at the top that was closed following the Chiado fire is now open. Be sure you also notice the elevator from the other end of Rua de Santa Justa, and from the top of Castle St. George.

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