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.
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.