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awesome! lisbon has all the elements of a nice medieval town + a coastline! all that civic architecture and winding lanes! and thankfully none of those blighting skyscrapers.
 

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Blue Devil
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Well this is certainly interesting:



Any information on it? Is it really safe considering Lisbon has had several huge, destructive earthquakes?
 

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I must say, I can't disagree with you in saying that Lisbon is indeed one of the, if not the most beautiful city in the world.

dcb11 said:
Well this is certainly interesting:



Any information on it? Is it really safe considering Lisbon has had several huge, destructive earthquakes?
This is called the Santa Justa Elevator. The 45 meter tall structure connects connects the Baixa (lower town), with the Bairro Alto (high neighbourhood). Opened to the public in 1902, the Elevador de Santa Justa was designed by Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard, an apprentice to Gustave Eiffel. It was originally steam powered, but was converted to electrical power in 1907. The steam engine was mounted on the tower's summit. Built of cast iron, the tower is embellished with filigree. Each car has a capacity of 25 passengers. The elevator was a Waygood-Otis project.

While it is the oldest existing street elevator, the Elevador de Santa Justa was actually preceded by two others in Lisbon. The Elevador do Chiado was a hydraulic lift that operated between 1892 and 1912. The Elevador de Santa Justa and the funiculars are operated by Carris, the Lisbon transportation authority that also operates the city's bus and tram services.

It recently underwent renovations which have made the metal structure able to stand strong earthquakes.

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