Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Lisboa, Portugal

Another meet-up card, this time from the Postcrossing International Meeting in Lisboa on 9th & 10th June 2012. This one was a proper surprise - it was sent by my dear Dutch friend Astrid, I had no idea she was going to this meet-up! :O...! I'm a wee bit jealous.. :P She's been to so many of these meetings. This particular one sounds like a lot of fun (..although I bet all PC meetings are :P), and I recognise most of the people who signed the card, yay! :D

On this card you can see Elevador da Bica, a funicular in Lisbon, Portugal, that forms the connection between the Calçada do Combro/Rua do Loreto and the Rua de S. Paulo. It is operated by Carris.

The Bica funicular was opened on 28 June, 1892. It climbs the Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo for 245 metres from the Rua S. Paulo. The lower station of this funicular railroad is almost hidden behind a facade on the Rua de S. Paulo with the inscription "Ascensor da Bica". It was constructed by Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard and opened to the public in 1892. In 2002 it was designated a National Monument.

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