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Escalator installed to ease travel up steep Lisbon hill


A flight of escalators on a public street in Lisbon that connect the Martim Moniz neighbourhood to Castelo, where one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions is located, has opened, The Portugal News reports.

The escalators take pedestrians up a notoriously 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. 
 
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