Santa Justa Lift

Part tourist attraction, part public transportation, the Santa Justa Lift offers convenience for moving across a hilly city as well as spectacular views of Lisbon.

Completed in 1902, the Santa Justa Lift connects the Baixa district of central Lisbon at the base of a steep hill with Campo Square at the top. Rising seven stories high, it is the last operational vertical elevator in the city.

Design

The tower is an example of turn-of-the-19th-century Neo-Gothic style, with its lattice of iron beams and columns then being the height of modernity. Designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, who was a student of Gustave Eiffel, the lift was originally steam-powered but was switched to electric shortly after it opened.

Convenience

Two main cabins of wood, mirror and glass each lift up to 29 passengers at a time. A platform and cafe on the top offers dramatic views of the central Lisbon, especially at night. As part of the public transportation system, the fare is often included in various metro passes.