BICA neighborhood in LISBON
Lisbon's most photographed street is RUA DA BICA DUARTE BELO.
It descends a hill from BAIRRO ALTO to the riverfront, and the streets that cross it form a charming residential neighborhood known as BICA, in ancient times connected to the river and is economic activities.
That picturesque street is known for its funicular, the iconic ELEVADOR DA BICA that creaks up and down the hill as tourists snap photos. Framing the funicular are pastel-colored houses and the river in the distance, while many of the doors open as hip bars at night.
A strange vehicle, as if come out of the imagination of the novelist Jules Verne, with an amazing design circulates in the city of Lisbon.
The original vehicle contained reservoirs of water that filled the highest point, and emptied at the lowest point, working in pairs, connected by a cable system, running by the difference of weights, the so called, FUNICULAR system.
Conceived by Portuguese engineer, Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard, the funicular was installed in 1892.
Due to its enormous historical importance, cultural and touristic, the elevator was classified National Heritage in February 2002.
The funicular TRAM's of LISBON are the connection between all my apartments, all located along the rails, it is always possible to see one of them, either from a balcony a window or a entrance door!
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