06 October 2008

PORTUGAL - LISBON

Santa Justa Lift

Lisbon 1956........................................Lisbon 2004 The Santa Justa Lift (Portuguese: Elevador de Santa Justa, also called Carmo Lift (Elevador do Carmo, is a lift in the city of Lisbon at Santa Justa Street. It connects downtown streets with the uphill Carmo Square. Neogothic structure of the Santa Justa Lift. The bridge leads to the Carmo Square. The Santa Justa Lift was designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, an engineer born in Oporto to French parents, and apprentice of Gustave Eiffel. 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 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 elevator booths. Each booth has a wooden interior and accommodates 24 people. 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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