Santa Justa Lift
The Elevated Walkway at Santa Justa Lift
The appeal of the Santa Justa lift isn’t as much the elevator itself as the platform and the amazing panorama it provides. The surrounding Baixa Pombalina district was almost entirely rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake in the Pombaline style—utilizing some of the first earthquake-resistant construction methods, a product of Enlightenment-era engineering. The tower’s walkway connects to a hill behind it, so you can walk up along a nearby street such as R. Garrett. After your climb, you’ll walk out to views that rival those of Castelo de São Jorge, but with more direct sightlines into downtown Lisbon. Look down at Rua Áurea, bustling with locals and tourists alike; observe residents of nearby apartments reading or enjoying a chat out on balconies; and exhale a deep breath over the endless sea of terracotta roofs.
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