Friday, December 11, 2009

Santa Justa Elevator


This 45 meters high structure was built in 1902 by the Portugal-born French architect Raoul de Mesnier du Ponsard (an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel) to connect the lowest and highest points of downtown Lisbon (a pedestrian bridge links the top to the hill in the background).

26 comments:

Olivier said...

impressionnante cette tour, avec une architecture originale

B SQUARED said...

Must be very impressive to see in person.

brattcat said...

Amazing, in the thumbnail it looks like some sort of mythical monster but it's actually quite a remarkable piece of architecture.

Sharon said...

What an amazing structure! Can you go to the top and enjoy the view?

Marie-Noyale said...

A very impressive structure.
Now that you mentioned it,it's easy to find a little similarity with the Eiffel Tower!!!

Cezar and Léia said...

Como a internet hoje por aqui não está muito boa, faço mais uma tentativa pois amei esse teu post e não quero deixar de comentar.Me perdoa o spam, caso os outros comentários tenham também entrado, por favor, delete okay!

Eu não me lembro de ter visitado esse elevador!Mais um motivo pra voltar,pois tenho certeza que da proxima vez, eu e o Cezar poderemos aproveitar muito mais todas as belezas, cores e luzes de Lisboa e também conhecer Oeiras,pois teu blog é um roteiro, um guia maravilhoso dos lugares, com muitas informaçoes e lindas fotos.Muito obrigada!

Forte abraço e tenha um lindo final de semana!
Léia

Steffe said...

Wow, what a cool structure. And your photo ain't bad either!

joo said...

It's amazing structure and so beautiful!

Lois said...

That is pretty impressive! Hard to believe it's over a hundred years old.

Tricia said...

Goodness gracious, that's incredibly elaborate & beautiful! What a structure it is!

Mo said...

Wow, that's on my 'must visit' list

Babzy said...

This a beautiful piece of architecture !

Vogon Poet said...

My favorite lift, and it has a great view from the top!

Jarart said...

This is an extraordinary structure! I'd love to see a picture from up on top looking down at the view.

Joan Elizabeth said...

It very pretty for such a utilitarian function but it doesn't look like it's connected to anything!

Prospero said...

I can't say that this building is aesthetically pleasing. The rectangle on top just looks strange to me. Effective shot, though.

Gunn White said...

Unique and impressive architecture!

Jacob said...

How impressive. And I'm assuming it is a working elevator...yes? Great shot, as usual. Is it possible to take pictures at the top?

AB said...

Perspetiva muito boa

Mirela said...

Wow! Incredible, both as a photo and as an architectural piece,..

Dina said...

So unusual! But how did it work? To where did the things or people exit on the top?

Dina said...

Oh, OK, you can forget my question. Now I see your latest post, with the back of the elevator.

Dean Grey said...

JM!

Unbelievable!

That elevator looks so top heavy! I'd be afraid to stand anywhere near it because it looks like it'd topple any second!

Cool and scary!

-Dean

Peter said...

Fantastic indeed! ... and I have used it on my way to some restaurant!

bluesky said...

Great photos!

La Principessa Errante said...

OMG that is beyond gorgeous, that is just stunning, and what an amazing engineering feat for its time. Thank you.