Ascensor da Glória: The Busy Funicular

From Praça dos Restauradores, the funicular climbs up Calçada da Glória towards the Bairro Alto neighbourhood. It’s a fun ride, and in a couple of minutes you’re looking at Lisbon’s rooftops from the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara at the top of the hill.

The Ascensor da Glória is one the city’s busiest funiculars, serving local residents, tourists and hipsters, mostly on weekends, on their way to Bairro Alto bars.

Elevador da Glória

Elevador da Glória

The funicular was established in 1885, a few years after the Ascensor do Lavra, the first of its kind to open in Lisbon, and a few years before the Ascensor da Bica.

Initially moved by the water counterbalancing system, the funicular soon became steam powered, and rides at night were lighted by stearin candles. Later, in 1915, it was converted to electrical power.

Praça dos Restauradores (Baixa) – Rua São Pedro de Alcântara (Bairro Alto), Viva Viagem Card and Lisboa Card accepted, carris.transporteslisboa.pt/en/elevators

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