The Carmo Terrace, at Chiado, and the Santa Luzia Funicular, at Alfama, were opened on the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities, with the promise to turn Lisboa in a more accessible city.
Designed by the architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, the rehabilitation work of the Carmo Terrace will give a new vision to the city, said Fernando Medina, Lisboa Mayor, in the opening speech.
Recovery and rehabilitation of Mount Carmel Terraces, after the fire of 1988 now allows the connection between Rua Garrett and the ruins of the convent, overcoming the existing gap and creating a recreational space.
Already the elevator of Santa Luzia enables faster connection between Alfama and the Mirador de Santa Luzia, to facilitate access to the area and the flow of locals and visitors.
After opening to the public of Carmo Terraces it was made a walk to the Mirador de Santa Luzia, which also opened the new lift Santa Luzia. Equipment that will allow the mobility of older residents, but also the enjoyment by tourists, a parish hills.
According to city hall, “the project bridges the existing topographic gap between the platform of ‘Patio B’ and the south portal of the Carmo Convent, accentuating the spaces in an integrated manner, while showcasing the historic value of this site to create a recreational public space on the Carmo terraces as a natural extension of the pedestrian route.” Source and images by Câmara Municipal de Lisboa.