Nazaré Funicular

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Nazaré Funicular
318 Sítio
0 center
View of the funicular and Nazaré, 2010
The Funicular in the 1990's
The Ascensor in 1951

The Nazaré Funicular (Portuguese: Ascensor da Nazaré) is a funicular located in the town of Nazaré, Portugal.

It was designed by Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard and opened on July 28, 1889. It's located near the beach and takes passengers from the town center up to the bairro Sítio and vice versa.

Originally, it was pulled by a steam engine, until 1963, when a lethal accident forced it to close for a five-year period. When it reopened, in 1968, it had been modified to use electricity. It is still in use as of 2011.

Technical parameters[edit]

  • Length: 318 metres (1,043 ft) (50 metres or 164 feet in tunnel)
  • Steepness: 42 %
  • Speed: 1.7 m/s (5.6 ft/s)
  • Journey time: 3 minutes
  • Cars: 2
  • Capacity: 40 passengers per car
  • Traction: Cable

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Coordinates: 39°36′10″N 9°04′24″W / 39.6029°N 9.07345°W / 39.6029; -9.07345