Boca do Vento Elevator

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Boca do Vento Elevator
Elevador da Boca do Vento
Elevador da Boca do Vento - panoramio.jpg
The main lookout and platform along the Almada Velha
General information
LocationAlmada, Cova da Piedade, Pragal e Cacilhas
Coordinates38°41′4.8″N 9°9′31.7″W / 38.684667°N 9.158806°W / 38.684667; -9.158806Coordinates: 38°41′4.8″N 9°9′31.7″W / 38.684667°N 9.158806°W / 38.684667; -9.158806
OwnerPortuguese Republic
Technical details
MaterialMixed masonry
Design and construction
ArchitectRaoul Mesnier du Ponsard

The Boca do Vento Elevator (Portuguese: Elevador da Boca do Vento), is a Portuguese elevator in civil parish of Almada, Cova da Piedade, Pragal e Cacilhas, in the municipality of Almada, in the district of Setúbal.


Construction of the elevator began in 1999 and took about a year. It was inaugurated in 2000.[1]


A view of the elevator from the base of the cliff
The base at the Tagus River, with the ruined warehouses and wharf

The elevator is situated in the urban area along the south margin of Tagus River, along the cliffs and arriba, oriented to the north, with a view of the city of Lisbon along Almada Velha.[1] Its riverfront base fronts the old city along the wharf and river, in a garden that connects to important points along the river bank, including Fonte da Pipa (Pipa Spring), Museu Náutico e Arqueológico (Nautical Archaeological Museum), Cais da Câmara (used by the city's water-taxis) and the old warehouses.[1]

The Jardim do Rio (River Garden) was authored by architects Helena Moreira and Anabela Felício, marked by a principal access that begins at Fonte da Pipa and established an integrated connection to the elevator.[1] The isolated elevator/overlook occupies a concrete platform, in hydraulic mosaics, in blue and white azulejo.[1] A few blocks that fell from the cliffs are part of the group, and includes Portuguese pavement stone that form circular spaces, where exotic species of plants are planted.[1]

The lift is supported by electric traction motor, using a VVVF regulated-mechanism, supported by a robust metal frame.[1] The concrete lift includes a communication system between ticketbooth and machine rooms, in addition to vertical chamber, constructed of reinforced concrete, semi-open with four emergency accesses (in addition to the principal accesses).[1] It includes a copper roof with a "sandwiched" crawler panel and lacquered polyurethane, allowing light through translucent, honeycombed polycarbonate sheet, that faces the bank.[1] The emergency staircase consist of a structure with guardrails in carbon steel, steel plate steps and a lower security door in steel tube, similar to the ladder structure.[1]

The main platform has similar metallic tube guardrails.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Belo, Albertina (2001), SIPA (ed.), (IPA.00020536/PT031503010044) (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: SIPA –Sistema de Informação para o Património Arquitectónico, archived from the original on 7 February 2016, retrieved 7 February 2016


  • DOMH, ed. (1997), Estudo Prévio - Memória Descritiva e Justificativa, pasta 1, Empreitada de Concepção/Execução do Elevador da Boca do Vento, 28/97 (in Portuguese), Almada, Portugal: Câmara Municipal de Almada
  • Camacho, João (1 April 2001), "Almada Velha muda de figurino", Arquitectura e Vida (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal