Ascensor do Lavra – Lisbon’s First Funicular

At the end of Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, Ascensor do Lavra is less touristy than the Ascensor da Glória, not far from it on the opposite side of Restauradores.

Still, it offers a fun ride from Largo da Anunciada to Rua Câmara Pestana at the top, climbing up Calçada do Lavra. Once there, Jardim do Torel is just a short walk away. This tiny park has great views of the Baixa neighbourhood.

Ascensor do Lavra

Ascensor do Lavra

Opened in 1884, it is Lisbon’s oldest funicular, the first one to defy the laws of gravity. Like the remaining two funiculars and the Elevador de Santa Justa, the Lavra funicular was designed by the Portuguese engineer Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard. Initially moved by the water counterbalancing system, the funicular then became steam powered. In 1915, it was converted to electrical power.

Largo da Anunciada – Rua Câmara Pestana, Viva Viagem Card and Lisboa Card accepted, carris.transporteslisboa.pt/en/elevators

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