The Elevador de Santa Justa, also called Elevador do Carmo, is an elevator that connects the Baixa Pombalina and Chiado neighborhoods in Lisbon, Portugal. It rises on Calle de Santa Justa and connects this central promenade with Praza do Carmo, next to the Museu Arqueológico do Carmo.
November 2, 2021
The Elevador de Santa Justa, also known as the Elevador do Carmo, is a passenger elevator that connects the Baixa district in the city center of Lisbon with the higher Chiado district. The distinctive steel structure was built in 1902 to plans by the engineer Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard. The original drive was a steam engine, but this was replaced in 1907 by electric motors.
The lift is 45 m high and has two cabins, originally decorated with wood and equipped with glass panels and brass fittings, each holding 24 people. One floor above the upper exit you can see the two original lift machines in operation. Another floor above is a café with spectacular views over the city: Baixa, Chiado, Castelo de São Jorge.Source: Wikipedia
March 7, 2017
An artistically designed elevator in the middle of Lisbon, which connects two parts of the city: Baixa (lower town) with Chiado and Bairro Alto (upper town). The Elevador de Santa Justa is a 45 meter high steel tower, richly decorated in the Gothic Revival style.
The lift is also called Elevador do Carmo (Carmo lift) because it leads directly to Convento do Carmo. Its upper entrance is on the small Largo do Carmo square, the lower stop is near Rossio and the Baixa-Chiado metro station in Rua Santa Justa.Two historically beautiful wooden paneled cabins with windows and brass fittings go up in the air. By the way, there are 24 people in each cabin. Through the windows you can see mainly the scaffolding during the trip, the more beautiful the view from the upper station: Once there you can climb two more floors on foot through iron spiral staircases: Above the exit are the machines that drive the elevator , A little higher up on the roof of the lift there is a viewing platform with a café, which, however, costs an entrance fee. But the view from the publicly accessible jetty in front of the lift is also magnificent: from here you can look out over the opposite Castelo de São Jorge and over the rooftops of the Baixa.
In 1902, the Elevador de Santa Justa was built by Gustave Eiffel's pupil Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard, who also designed the other Lisbon funicular railways. Therefore, in some places, the similarities with the Paris Eiffel Tower: iron was the building material of the time around 1900, it symbolized progress and allowed skillful embellishments in the construction. In his first years, the passenger elevator was still powered by steam engines, only a little later came the electric drive. Until 2006, extensive construction work on the upper bridge took place, which had to be closed for several years.
June 26, 2019
Currently (April/May 2022) the second of the two elevators is being repaired and is therefore closed (so the long waiting times are getting longer again), as is the upper terrace. So you should think twice about really queuing here... we stood for 1.5 hours...
Highly recommended is the Pastel de Bacalhau café above.
April 25, 2022
Late afternoon, and since apparently nothing moved for 15 minutes, neither up nor down, we decided to take a ride up in the e-tuktuk. The entrance to the lift is even nicer upstairs than downstairs, a nice square with cafes, the unrestored Convento do Carmo church (destroyed in the great earthquake of 1755) and lots of people who just seemed happy.
Going down is always easier than going up ... so we were able to do that on foot again
June 9, 2022
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