Ride the elevator created in the 1800s to connect the districts of hilltop Bairro Alto and downtown Baixa. Enjoy views in the café atop the gothic lift. The Santa Justa Elevator connects the hilltop neighborhood Bairro Alto with downtown Baixa. The gothic, iron structure rises up on the neoclassical architecture of downtown. The elevator has been around operation since 1905 and was originally operated with a steam engine. Today it’s powered by a power engine and it is a
great way to enjoy views within the city. Visit the elevator’s rooftop café.
This famous elevator can also be known as the Carmo Lift, because it connects with Carmo Square plus the ruins of Carmo Church at the very top. The elegant structure function is by the apprentice of Gustave Eiffel, the architect in the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Santa Justa Elevator bears some being similar to the French icon in the appearance. It is particularly beautiful when lit up in the evening.
As you travel the 147 feet (45 meters) to the peak, there’s lots of time to admire the views in the city. Examine the historic wood paneling and mirrors with the two counterbalancing lift cages.
Once you make it to the station at the very top, make ornate spiral staircase as much as the rooftop for views on the River Tagus. Admire the fountains and neoclassical buildings of Pedro IV Square from above.
The elevator’s restaurant is situated at the Bairro Alto entrance to your lift and serves food, coffee and cake from lunchtime everyday. Between midnight and a couple of a.m. the restaurant is a bar, where you could enjoy live music and cocktails with picturesque views from the city as well as the Carmo Monastery lit up.
The Santa Justa Elevator is open from morning hours until evening. Use a valid metro ticket to ride or purchase an admission ticket from either station for the elevator. There can be lines with the lift in summer. If you don’t would like to wait, make staircase leading up the hill.