Ascensor do Lavra: Lisbon’s First Funicular

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

Still, it offers a fun ride climbing up Calçada do Lavra. Once there, the tiny park, known as Jardim do Torel, is just a short walk away. It offers great views of the Baixa neighbourhood.

Ascensor do Lavra

Ascensor do Lavra

Opened in 1884, this is Lisbon’s oldest funicular, the first one to help make the city’s hills a little more manageable. 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 soon became steam powered. In 1915, it was converted to electrical power.

 

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