Elevador da Nazaré

My apartment in Nazar was located in the upper part of the city, and from the bus station I went straight to the funicular, which is visible from afar. From the bus station (if you can call a small room with a cash register) to the funicular a little less than a kilometer, I walked for 20 minutes.

Funicular in Nazare

The lower station of the funicular is located on the Rua do Elevador, starting at the restaurant São Miguel, at the very end of the Avenida da Republica.

Nazare. Lower Funicular station

The fare is 1.20 euros, tickets are sold at the ticket office. Perhaps there are also travel tickets, I did not have time to ask.

Nazare. Lower Funicular stationа

We didn't have to wait for the departure for a long time, during the day the traffic interval is 15 minutes, Funicular works from 7 am to 1 am.

Nazare. Lower Funicular stationа

The funicular in Nazare - the creation of the famous engineer Raoul Ronson Mesnier du Ponsard, author of the lifts in Lisbon, Porto and Braga. The elevator received its first passengers on July 28, 1889, and for a long time only operated during the swimming season. A steam engine was used as the drive, and the wagons carried 60 people each.

Nazare. Funicular

In 1924, Funicular was purchased by the Board of Trustees of the Church of our lady of Nazareth, and in 1932 returned to the hands of the city Council and has since been moved to year-round operation.

Nazare. Funicular

On February 15, 1963, there was a disaster-a cable break, resulting in two people being killed. The lift was opened five years later, receiving a three-level braking system and an electric drive.

Nazare. Funicular

Funicular lifts passengers to a height of 110 meters, the length of the line is 318 meters, of which 50 meters in the tunnel. The track has a constant slope of 42%, and an open cable on pulleys is used as the drive.

Nazare. Funicular

Oncoming wagons leave exactly in the middle of the road-at the mark of 158 meters.

Nazare. Funicular

In September 2001, the lift was closed for major repairs, which included rebuilding the terminals and replacing the wagons with modern ones. The updated Funicular was opened to passengers in June 2002.

Nazare. Funicular

According to statistics, The funicular in Nazare carries more than a million passengers a year and is considered the busiest in Portugal (presumably after the elevators in Lisbon).

Nazare. Funicular

Less than 5 minutes after the poisoning, I found myself at the top of the funicular station.

Nazare. Upper funicular station

The station is located again on Rua do Elevador, but in the upper Nazare district Sitio. Nearby is the square of the virgin of Nazare and the observation deck of Subercu, which offers a wonderful view of the city.

Nazare. Upper funicular station