28/04/2008

#119 - Elevador de Santa Justa


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The Santa Justa Lift , also called Carmo Lift , is a lift in the city of Lisbon at Santa Justa Street. It connects downtown streets with the uphill Carmo Square.

Iy was designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, 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 has 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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7 comments:

George Townboy said...

This is so beautiful!! I noticed it in one of your photos the other day and thought it was a bridge between buildings. Very cool, and thanks for the history along with it!!

Lisbon is gorgeous - through the lens of your camera!

quintarantino said...

Muito bela a baixa pombalina, mas ainda mais bonita se torna através do teu olhar.

- Ó Costa, olha aí uma avença aqui para este moçoila que faz uma publicidade de primeira a Lisboa!
Quê? O Zé não deixa? Ah ...

Olha, bem viste que me esforcei, mas parece que o Zé não deixa!

Sailor Girl said...

Certíssimo!!! A resposta certa (a primeira dada, na primeira parte da tua resposta) é SACADURA CABRAL!!!!!! PARABÉNS!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!! The correct answer is «Sacadura Cabral», the name of one of the Portuguese Naval Officers who made the first aerial crossing of the Atlantic South (yesterday's post) and also the name of the Fragata on today's post, who has been recently bought by the Navy of Uruguay!!!

Sailor Girl said...

É lá!!!! É já a seguir!!!! Siga-Siga-Siga!!! OBRIGADA!!!!

Abby said...

I love these shots. The all say Lisbon to me (which is a very good thing.) Que tenha um dia feliz!

Sonia A. Mascaro said...

Great photos! Love all them... but principally the second one.

Destitute Rebel said...

Great pictures, love the first shot angle.