One of the city's best-loved landmarks and also known as the "Elevator of Carmo," this extraordinary structure was built in 1902 by the Portugal-born French architect Raoul de Mesnier du Ponsard (an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel, explaining the structure's similarities to Paris' Eiffel Tower), to connect downtown to Bairro Alto (the lowest and highest points of the city).
Originally powered by steam, it's 45 meters (147ft) high, and remains an interesting example of post-Eiffel iron architecture. The top of the Neo-Gothic tower, reached via a spiral staircase, has a splendid view of the city, including over Rossio Square, the castle and the river.
Ride Santa Justa Elevator and Lisbon's metro, buses, and trams for FREE with the Lisboa Card.
Where: Rua de Santa Justa, Baixa
How:Metro - Baixa-Chiado Station
When: Every day 7AM-9PM
Square - Monumental riverside square.
Municipal Square - Home of the City Hall palace.
Rua Augusta - The city's main shopping street.
Conceição Velha Church - Church that survived the Great Earthquake.
Rossio Square - Lisbon's elegant main square.
Figueira Square - Busy square and transporation hub.
São Domingos Church - A church marked by tragedy.
Rua das Portas de Santo Antão - Pedestrian street lined with seafood restaurants.
Rossio Station - A monumental train station.
Restauradores Square - Large busy square.
Avenida da Liberdade - The city's main avenue.
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