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Elevador Santa Justa
Elevador Santa Justa

Elevador Santa Justa

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Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Transportation
Ranked #7 in Lisbon things to do
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R. do Ouro, 1150-060 Lisbon, Portugal
+351 21 413 8679
http://www.carris.pt/pt/ascensores-e-elevador/
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Featuring a design reminiscent of that of the Eiffel Tower, the Elevador Santa Justa is the only vertical street elevator in Lisbon. It was designed by Raoul de Mesnier du Ponsard and was completed in ... Read more
1902 to make movement between one part of the city and the other easier. Initially a steam-powered device, the elevator switched to electric power in 1907. Climb aboard one of the two cabins along with as many as 24 other passengers, then set off on your 147-foot ride to the top of the neo-Gothic tower. There you can dine in a cafe and enjoy your bird's-eye view of the city.

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San Francisco, California, USA

The Elevator is special within Lisbon as it provides a much easier way to get from the foot to the top of the hills.

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Cambridge, UK

A rare vertical elevador. There was a long queue when I visited and we had limited time before our flight, but it was a brilliant thing to do and totally worth the wait. There’s not much to see on the way up in the elevador as it’s enclosed, but once you’re at the top there are good views all around. The lift takes you up a steep hill to the level of Convento do Carmo.

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New York City, New York State, USA

Elevador de Santa Justa is the only remaining vertical lift of its kind in Lisbon. A ride to the top will give visitors an incredible panoramic view over the city, including a look into the ruins of the Carmo Covent. The lift partially under scaffolding during our visit, so we were unable to properly see it from the outside, but we were able to ride to the top and take in the view. There is a restaurant at the top, but the prices are a bit more than you'd pay elsewhere for similar fare.

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Lapa dos Dinheiros, Portugal

The Elevador de Santa Justa (Santa Justa Lift) is a beautifully crafted elevator that transports passengers from the Baixa district up to the ruins of the Igreja do Carmo church. The Elevador de Santa Justa is an industrial-age marvel, with the outer ironwork structure forming glorious neo-gothic arches, while inside two sumptuous polished wood carriages whisk passengers up in style.
The Elevador de Santa Justa is one of Lisbon’s most unique tourist attractions, and from the top viewing platform there are great views over central Lisbon.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

This historical elevator is a bit overrated as a tourist attraction. Lines are long, move slowly, and you can get the same view just by walking up the hill. A romantic way to avoid an uphill walk if you have accessibility concerns or are just feeling lazy.

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Ottawa

Overrated. Long lines and expensive prices considering there's a cafe right next to it with a free elevator and the same view (plus you can get a nice coffee!)

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Great little viewpoint of the city Lisboa is beautiful! If you are planning to ride this old elevator to the top, get ready to shell out 5 euro for the ride. However if you buy a metro day pass for 6 -7 euro then your ride is free! Or you can take the staircase in the back, not go on the elevator and just pay I think 2 euro to see the view point. but for your first time in Lisboa you have to see the view from this place!

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Glasgow, UK

Be prepared to queue on the street to ride this elevator. There are good views when you get to the top (accessible only if you buy a ticket rather than walk the stairs) but the elevator ride itself is a little underwhelming. Good photo opportunity though.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

This old elevator can save you from walking up the steep slope from the lower district Baixa to the higher district Bairro Alto. It also has a terrace on the top that offers really nice panoramic views of Lisbon. It’s an expensive ride though (unless you have a Lisbon Card).

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Porto, Portugal

A century old elevator with a beautiful iron made structure. On the top floor there are amazing views over the city.If you want to save some euros, you might access from Carmo square, next to the Archeological museum, gives you free access to the top floor!

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London, UK

Amazing view of Lisbon! For 5€ the elevator brings you up to the top of a tower and gives you the access to one of the best panorama of the city.

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São Miguel (Lisbon), Portugal

Built under the supervision of Gustave Eiffel (the arquitect of the Eiffel Tower in Paris) it connects the center of the city (baixa) to the uper part of town. Nice views-

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United States

This strange tower is in the middle of the shopping centre. About £4 to go up. Good views from the top

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Pittsford (town), New York

This is a nice way to avoid the stair walking after a hard day of touristic activities. The views are great and there is a restaurant at the top. We had a day transportation pass which made it even better cost wise.

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Santander, Spain

This is fun for a few pictures, but not much else. You get a better view of the city from the castle. I liked riding it and seeing things right up close, but really there is no need to go in there.

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Moura Morta, Coimbra, Portugal

This old street lift has a pretty, frilly structure and gives great views over the city.

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Berkeley, California, USA

In the old part of town.. worth visiting the neighborhoods and sights and views around elevator, as well.

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Coimbra, Portugal

This is, probably, Lisbon’s most typical view: The "Santa Justa" Elevator. A Lisbon City Tour wouldn’t be complete without this sight.

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Pleasant Hill, California, USA
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The Santa Justa Lift is a lift in Lisbon situated at the end of Rua de Santa Justa. It connects the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher Largo do Carmo (Carmo Square.).

The Santa Justa Lift was designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, an engineer born in Porto to French parents. Raul Ponsard was an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel and returned to Lisbon with grand design ideas. He petitioned the royal house who provided all of the funding. Construction began in 1900 and was finished in 1902; originally powered by steam, it was converted to electrical operation in 1907. In 2002 the elevator with the three remaining cable railways of Lavra, Glória and Bica were classified as National Monuments.

The iron lift is 45 metres tall and is decorated in neogothic 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, the Rossio Square and the Baixa neighbourhood. There are two lift cages, each with a wooden interior and accommodation for a maximum of 20 passengers.

The lift has become a tourist attraction in Lisbon as, among the urban lifts in Lisbon, Santa Justa is the only vertical one. Others, including Elevador da Glória and Elevador da Lavra, are more like funiculars that help climb the slopes of Lisbon.

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Woodstock, Canada

Beautiful night view of the city.

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