A long queue at the Rua Aurea while waiting to get the tickets for the Santa Justa Lift

A long queue at the Rua Aurea while waiting to get the tickets for the Santa Justa Lift

This guy was playing didgeridoo beside the waiting tourists but after few minutes of entertainment he decided to leave

This guy was playing didgeridoo beside the waiting tourists but after few minutes of entertainment he decided to leave

Few Portuguese visitors were standing in front of me, one of them was particularly very chatty

Few Portuguese visitors were standing in front of me, one of them was particularly very chatty

Steps leading to the Santa Justa Lift from the Rua Aurea

Steps leading to the Santa Justa Lift from the Rua Aurea

This historical lift sits at the end of the Rua de Santa Justa

This historical lift sits at the end of the Rua de Santa Justa

The main purpose to build this lift was to connect the the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher Largo do Carmo (Igreja do Carmo)

The main purpose to build this lift was to connect the the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher Largo do Carmo (Igreja do Carmo)

Interior of the Santa Justa Lift, a ticket is issued to each visitor and a staff members closes the door of the lift

Interior of the Santa Justa Lift, a ticket is issued to each visitor and a staff members closes the door of the lift

This lift can bring up to 29 passengers in each of its two cabins

This lift can bring up to 29 passengers in each of its two cabins

It brings the visitors/locals up 45m to Largo do Carmo - this project was initially started in 1874

It brings the visitors/locals up 45m to Largo do Carmo - this project was initially started in 1874

Neo-gothic arches of the Santa Justa Lift, can be seen at the upper level

Neo-gothic arches of the Santa Justa Lift, can be seen at the upper level

This lift was designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard and work started in 1900 to build this structure and it finished two years later in 1902

This lift was designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard and work started in 1900 to build this structure and it finished two years later in 1902

This is door of the lift at the upper floor, it is closed manually when the cabin is not there

This is door of the lift at the upper floor, it is closed manually when the cabin is not there

The original elevator was powered by a giant steam engine - in 1907, it was changed to a electric motor

The original elevator was powered by a giant steam engine - in 1907, it was changed to a electric motor

Castelo de S. Jorge (São Jorge Castle) sitting above a hill, seen from the Santa Justa Lift

Castelo de S. Jorge (São Jorge Castle) sitting above a hill, seen from the Santa Justa Lift

Santa Just Lift is known for offering amazing views over the city of Lisbon

Santa Just Lift is known for offering amazing views over the city of Lisbon

Looking out to the Praca do Comercio and the Rio Tejo (River Tagus) beyond

Looking out to the Praca do Comercio and the Rio Tejo (River Tagus) beyond

On 31 August 1901, King Carlos inaugurated the bridge which connects the upper level with the Largo do Carmo

On 31 August 1901, King Carlos inaugurated the bridge which connects the upper level with the Largo do Carmo

This is the view of the tunnel (bridge) while standing in front of the lift

This is the view of the tunnel (bridge) while standing in front of the lift

Looking at the ceiling of the bridge which has one end connected to the platform of the lift and other to Largo do Carmo area

Looking at the ceiling of the bridge which has one end connected to the platform of the lift and other to Largo do Carmo area

A busy street scene, seen from the bridge of the Santa Justa Lift

A busy street scene, seen from the bridge of the Santa Justa Lift

Rossio Square can be seen in the background of this photo

Rossio Square can be seen in the background of this photo

The city of Lisbon sits on several hills and it was practical to use this lift to connect one of the two busy areas of the city

The city of Lisbon sits on several hills and it was practical to use this lift to connect one of the two busy areas of the city

When I visited the Santa Justa Lift, the upper view deck was closed due to the wet weather conditions

When I visited the Santa Justa Lift, the upper view deck was closed due to the wet weather conditions

I was told that I could come back and use the same ticket to reach the upper deck (viewing terrace)

I was told that I could come back and use the same ticket to reach the upper deck (viewing terrace)

This is one of the arches of the Carmo Convent, this convent is situated next to the bridge of the Santa Justa Lift

This is one of the arches of the Carmo Convent, this convent is situated next to the bridge of the Santa Justa Lift

I came back for the second time to go to upper viewing platform of the lift

I came back for the second time to go to upper viewing platform of the lift

It was an early morning and lift was almost empty

It was an early morning and lift was almost empty

It was a hazy morning and a view to the Praca do Comercio wasn't that clear

It was a hazy morning and a view to the Praca do Comercio wasn't that clear

Winding stairs bring visitors to the viewing deck - I can imagine when these stairs are wet they can be dangerous

Winding stairs bring visitors to the viewing deck - I can imagine when these stairs are wet they can be dangerous

A very pleasing view of the Rossio Square in the morning

A very pleasing view of the Rossio Square in the morning

Missing roof of the Carmo Convent (Convento do Carmo), seen from the upper deck of the lift

Missing roof of the Carmo Convent (Convento do Carmo), seen from the upper deck of the lift