Historic, Artful and Utilitarian

A two-level spiral staircase leads from the top floor to the roof lookout above (photos courtesy of LESA).

The Santa Justa Lift, also known as the “Carmo Lift,” is an elevator in the historical Santa Justa area of Lisbon, Portugal. It connects Carmo Square with the streets below it and serves as the only remaining vertical urban lift in the city, as reported in the Lift Engineering Society of Australia (LESA) Newsletter. Work on the ornate structure took place throughout 1900 and 1901. The elevator originally used steam power but was converted to electric in 1907.

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