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Santa Justa Lift, Lisbon

Santa Justa Lift, Lisbon

A unique Lisbon attraction, this vertical street lift at the end of Rua de Santa Justa dazzles everyone with its views over the downtown Baixa neighborhood, the Rossio Square, and the São Jorge Castle. The lift, more precisely, dates from 1902, was built by Raoul Mésnier and was originally powered by steam, having been converted to electrical operation in 1907. With an iron lace exterior decorated in neogothic style, it's an impressive piece of engineering and art testifying to the connection with Gustave Eiffel's work, as Mésnier was his disciple.

There are two lift cages, each with a wooden interior and accommodation for a maximum of 20 passengers. Be warned that you need a head for heights to climb the iron spiral staircase leading to the viewing platform, but if shaking knees can be overcome, the views are spectacular and very worth it. Note also that you're quite exposed at the top, so you may wish to check the weather conditions before deciding on your day to visit.

Tip:
If the queue is too long, enter the cork store/shop on Rua do Carmo, walk up the stairs and then cross the street using the walkway. You'll have to physically climb up the stairs to the top, but that saves time and money (not to mention, it allows more stops along the way to enjoy the views). It is also possible to walk to the BELLALISA ELEVADOR restaurant (9am–12am) at the top of the Santa Justa viewing platform, without using the lift. The staff there speaks good English, serves good food and a nice selection of drinks.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 7am–11pm; Sun: 9am–11pm

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Sight Name: Santa Justa Lift
Sight Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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