Situated at the end of Rua de Santa Justa, it connects the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher Largo do Carmo. Since its construction the Lift has become a tourist attraction for Lisbon as, among the urban lifts in the city, Santa Justa is the only remaining vertical one.
The 45 metre high lift was completed in 1902 by Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard, a student of Gustav Eiffel - the architect behind the Eiffel Tower. It was built to provide locals with an easy way to get from Baixa’s lower streets to the elevated Largo do Carmo (Carmo Square), and it remains the only transport option in the city designed to move vertically.
Although still fully functioning, the lift is now a tourist attraction. From the lookout on the top floor you can enjoy a bird’s-eye view over the Baixa Pombalina grid of streets and a unique aspect of the Carmo Convent ruins.