In 20 seconds, Elevador Lacerda (Lacerda Elevator) takes you from Praca Tome de Souza in Cidade Alta (the Upper City) to the Praca Cairu in Cidade Baixa (the Lower City). You travel more than 70 meters in one of the tallest public elevators in the world. Some 50.000 passengers make the trip every day (about 120 at a time) using four elevator. It's especially suitable for visiting of Mercado Modelo and the harbour. The fee is unbelievably low. Usually there are short queues but the elevator runs quickly and so does the queue.
Jesuits installed the first manual rope-and-pully elevator around 1610 to more easily transport goods and passengers from the port to the settlement (before that, slaves would ride mules up and down the hill carrying heavy loads). In 1868 an iron structure with clanking steam elevators was inaugurated, replaced by an electric system in 1928.
Elevador Lacerda is an Art Deco masterpiece and Salvador's largest landmark. Don't miss the fantastic view on Baia de Todos os Santos from the windows behind the elevator entrances!
Towards the right from the exit of the Elevador Lacerda one can see the beautiful Palacio Rio Branco. The palace had to be rebuilt in 1919 after being partially ruined in a bombing and subsequent fire. The original structure housed the offices of Tome de Souza the first governor general of Brazil.
This is the easiest way to get from the lower town to the upper town. The Elevador Lacerda runs 24 hours, four elevators climb the 60 meters in less then a minute. Originally built in 1872 the old elevator ran on steam until its 1930 restoration. The rate to go up in the elevator is R$ 0.05 hence make sure you have coins!
Bahians joke that the elevator is the only way to "go up" in life :-)
This is the cray high elevator. This goes real fast, you can get dizzy real easy, so irf you are afraid of height, hmm don't think you gotta try it.
honestly, I loved it. =) yeah I know it sounds a bit silly, but yes I loved it. anyways.. it was the first elevator which moved that quick, and that high!!
This lift was built in 1930 to conect the low and high town (that's the best I can do to translate "cidade baixa" and "cidade alta". it is 72 meters high.
From the up level you can walk to Pelourino or just stay and contemplate the view of "Baía de Todos os Santos".
This is one of the most famous postcards from Salvador.
The elevator/lift was built to make the transportation of people and goods from the lower city (main market and harbor) to the upper city (old town).
The city of Salvador da Bahia is divided: there is a high part and a low part. If you want to go from one to the other, you must take the elevator.
La ciudad de Salvador de Bahía está dividida: hay una parte alta y una parte baja. Si se quiere ir desde una a otra, se debe tomar este elevador.
This magnificent elevator links the upper and lower city in Salvador.
It takes 22 seconds each way, and waiting at the top is a fantastic view over the bay.
The Lacerda Elevator connecting the high and low City. The elevator runs daily form 5am to midnight.
Elevador Lacerda is a very BIG elevator which links the upper city to the lower city.
I used to work there, at the Tourist Information Office. It has one of the most beautiful views I´ve ever seen!
ELEVADOR LACERDA - an elevator which is the means of transportation from and to the high city to the low city