Photographer's Note

There are many photos of this famous Elevator, or Lift in Lisbon. So I wanted to try and at least show it in a different way - whether or not I succeeded, who knows.

The Santa Justa Lift was opened in 1899, its 148 ft tall, and the tallest point is a lookout tower, overseeing the city of Lisbon.

Its now a popular tourist attraction, but it actually was quite functional and an important part of the city's transportation system for locals when it was built. There are many different options which city council had to review/vote on, as architects and or engineers presented their ideas for a system to transport people and goods from lower Lisbon to higher levels of Lisbon.

One of those options presented to city council from engineers was actually a set of Rail-Lines pulled by animals up an incline plane. Keep in mind, this was in the 1880's.

In the late 19th Century, Iron was a relatively new material for construction. It was decided that a Neo-Gothic Iron lift would be designed, and it still stands proud and tall today.

To go up this lift, I suggest lining up very early in the morning, before it opens, as the lineup is long even at 30 min past opening.

A colourful Blue Hour version is up next. This shot was taken in very over exposed bright white light, so its converted to black and white.

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