The 147-foot Santa Justa Lift offers unparalleled panoramic views of Lisbon becoming one of the city's most popular attractions.
The Santa Justa Lift was constructed in 1902 as a way for Lisbon's locals to travel between the lower district of Baixa and the higher neighbourhood of Bairro Alto, but due to its unbeatable views it has become one of the city's most popular tourist attractions.
The tower was built by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, who was a student of Gustave Eiffel - the architect of the iconic Parisian tower. Using his knowledge of iron structures, Ponsard returned to Lisbon to build the elevator and it was originally powered by an enormous steam engine, before being converted to an electrical motor which has powered the lift since 1907.
Visitors can take the antique elevator up the 45-metre high tower to reach the observation platform, which offers unobstructed, 360-degree views of Lisbon. Once you've taken in the views, you can take a stroll toward the trendy, bohemian neighbourhoods of Chiado and Bairro Alto, where you will be sure to find plenty of restaurants, cafés and street art.
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