08/04/2008

#99 - The Glória Funicular

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The 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!
The Glória is the busiest funicular in Lisbon and also the most accessible for tourists as it lies next door to the main tourist information office in the
Palácio Foz. It is 265 metres long and has an average gradient of 18%. Operating hours are 0700-0055 every day. [*]

The Glória funicular was opened in 1885 and in February 2002 it was classified as a national monument. The lower part of it, painted in another shade of yellow, different than the original serves to hide grafittis. Since it is a national monument could have been painted in the original colour.

15 comments:

Thiên said...

That is a great shot! I like it very much.

George Townboy said...

Gorgeous!! Great photo ... great history lesson too.

Petrea said...

I hardly know where to start. I've been away too long, and this is such a fabulous blog. Every photo, all the commentary. Thank you for putting it all together. I just love it!

Julie at Virtual Nexus said...

Love the way you've edited this, and thanks for the comment on photoblog!
Good info...

Sailor Girl said...

BEAUTIFUL PHOTO AND BEAUTIFUL POST!!!!!!!

(Já foste ao Champions Gate hoje? Não consiso parar de rir! Os «sacanas» do CDPB já me responderam no Forum e recusaram mesmo o blog de Kissimmee, o que é uma verdeira idiotisse, pois é do melhor que anda por aí...)


BEM!!!! TU ACREDITAS QUE ANDO HÁ ANOS À PROCURA DO NOME DA MÚSICA QUE PUSESTE DOS MASSIVE ATTACK??? YESSS!!!!

Parabéns pela nova vertente musical deste fabuloso blogue!!!!!

Daniel J Santos said...

Excelente, muito bem conseguido e bonita imagem.

quintarantino said...

Belíssima a foto ... como fizeste?

Olivier said...

très belle photo, j'aime beaucoup ton effet.

Lovely picture, I love your purpose.

Uma por Dia said...

Thank you all. I enjoyed doing it :)

Sailor: já lá vou!!
Eles embirraram com ele pq são os velhos sem imaginação que não aguentam uma completa viragem concorrencial!!

Quintatantino: Fiz no picassa.

Dusty Lens said...

Excellent photo focusing on the funicular. superb!

Abby said...

You did a fantastic job with this, in every way! Thanks!

Sailor Girl said...

LOL!...

Ackworth Born said...

I'm sure I've been on a funicular or two somewhere but it is so long ago I can't remember where - I think one was in Scarborough and I'm not sure it exists anymore.

ritalounge said...

Marvellous motion picture! Great sense of timing! I do like mix of B&W and color!

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