The funicular system of Lisbon consists of four elevators. We rode two of them: the Gloria funicular and Santa Justa Lift. 

Gloria funicular is very much like riding a tram, but the descent or ascent goes diagonally. It is also as crowded as a tram.

Gloria

Gloria

Santa Justa Elevator is different than the other funiculars because it’s a vertical one. And it doesn’t look like a tram, instead it’s a huge and very old-fashioned elevator. Reaching the top leads to a lookout with panoramic views of Lisbon.

Santa Justa Lift's facade was under renovation when we were in LIsbon December 2014.

Santa Justa Lift’s facade was under renovation when we were in LIsbon December 2014.

Hubby complained a lot as we queued for both funiculars. I feel though that they were worth checking out – at least once – to get a feel of what the ado was all about.

The funiculars are natonal monuments, and tourist magnets. They are also around a century old.

Inside Santa Justa Lift

Inside Santa Justa Lift