Saturday, 31 May 2014

The Glória Funicular, Lisbon | Elevador da Glória, Portugal

The Glória Funicular is one of the funiculars existent in Lisbon, right downtown, most precisely on the Restauradores Square. It makes the connection between this square and Bairro Alto (literally High Quarter) on a 265 metres journey up or down the hill. When you go out of the funicular you will find on the right side the S. Pedro de Alcântara belvedere, from where you get a magnificent view of downtown Lisbon and the magical St. George Castle. Just across the road, slightly to the right, at Rua de S. Pedro de Alcântara, nos.39-49, lies the Instituto do Vinho do Porto, where a vast range of port-wines may be tasted and purchased in the sumptuous surroundings of the Palácio Ludovice (1749).

The Glória Funicular, Lisbon | Elevador da Glória, Portugal
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Opened on October, 24th, 1885, the funicular system was originally constructed as a water-powered system. Later in 1915 it was electrified and that is how Elevador da Gloria Elevator came into being. Due to its popularity, at times the elevator can be rather crowded, especially in busy hours of working days. Each year it transports more than 3 millions passengers according to statistics. So if you are planning a tour on board of the elevator, remember to avoid the rush hours.

The Glória Funicular, Lisbon | Elevador da Glória, Portugal
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When you get to the elevator stop at the foot of the hill, do not forget to visit the biggest local tourist information office. It is located just next door to facilitate tourists. A travelling manual there can offer you a better knowledge of the elevator, for example about its route and history of construction.

The Glória Funicular, Lisbon | Elevador da Glória, Portugal
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February, 2002 was a significant time for the Elevador da Gloria Lisbon funicular system. It was proclaimed as a National Monument in Portugal. This is indeed a great honor. Since then greater care has been taken to ensure a wonderful and comfortable touring experience for passengers from all over the world.

The Glória Funicular, Lisbon | Elevador da Glória, Portugal
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The Glória Funicular, Lisbon | Elevador da Glória, Portugal
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The Glória Funicular, Lisbon | Elevador da Glória, Portugal
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The Glória Funicular, Lisbon | Elevador da Glória, Portugal
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The Glória Funicular, Lisbon | Elevador da Glória, Portugal
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The Glória Funicular, Lisbon | Elevador da Glória, Portugal
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The Glória Funicular, Lisbon | Elevador da Glória, Portugal
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The Glória Funicular, Lisbon | Elevador da Glória, Portugal
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 The Glória Funicular, Lisbon | Elevador da Glória, Portugal
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The Glória Funicular, Lisbon | Elevador da Glória, Portugal
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The Glória Funicular, Lisbon | Elevador da Glória, Portugal
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