Bica Lift (Elevador da Bica)

Bica Lift (Elevador da Bica)

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This lift, as well as Lavra and Glória lifts, is a funicular that helps people going up or down the steep and long streets that are so caracteristic here in Lisbon. The Bica Lift - as well as the other two - were designed by the engineer Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard, who was also responsible for designing Santa Justa Lift. The Bica Funicular runs in the Mesericórdia district, through Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo until Bairro Alto. It connects Rua de São Paulo with Calçada do Combro and was inaugurated on 28 June 1892, which is basically seven years after the also very famous Glória lift. The Bica lift is the second most iconic funicular in Lisbon, right after the Glória Lift. In 1916, there was an accident with one of the Lift cars that crashed into the Rua de São Paulo lower station. The Bica Lift became inoperable for a few years, until 1927. The Bica Lift rises along an 11.8% incline to the Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo and runs a distance of 245 metres (804 ft), from the Rua de São Paulo, with two cars that travel this distance simultaneously in opposite directions. The street where Bica Lift stands was considered to be one of the most beautiful streets in the world!

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