New escalators in Lisbon open to public

in World · 18-10-2018 10:20:00 · 0 Comments

A flight of escalators on a public street in Lisbon that connect the Martim Moniz neighbourhood to Castelo opened this weekend after a year and a half in the planning.

The escalators, which were inaugurated on Saturday by Lisbon Mayor Fernando Medina, take pedestrians up a steep hill and are free to use.
Connecting Praça do Martim Moniz and Rua Marquês de Ponte de Lima, the project took over 18 months to complete following a series of interruptions, in part due to the discovery of ancient artefacts during excavations, and cost over €800,000.
They are located on the 32-metre-long Escadinha da Saúde stairway, which climbs one of Lisbon’s infamously steep hills, up to São Jorge castle.
Two of the planned routes to the castle hill are now completed; one from Baixa, via an elevator between Rua dos Fanqueiros and Largo do Caldas and another, a panoramic elevator, between Chão do Loureiro and Costa do Castelo.
Alfama also has an elevator between Rua Norberto de Araújo, in the heart of this neighbourhood, and the Santa Luzia viewpoint.


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