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Lacerda Elevator Lacerda Elevator

One of Salvador’s most famous landmarks, the Lacerda Elevator gives an amazing view of the city.

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Opened in Salvador in 1873, the Lacerda Elevator was the first public elevator in the world. At the time, it was known as the Conceição Hydraulic Lift, due to its proximity to the Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Praia Church, and later renamed to Screw Elevator. In 1896 it was renamed after the engineer who designed the elevator, Antônio Lacerda.

The Elevator was initially a tower with two passenger transportation booths. It was completely refurbished and expanded in 1930, gaining two additional towers and booths and taking on its current shape.

One of Salvador’s most famous postcards, the Elevator is the main access point between Uptown and Downtown, transporting 900,000 passengers per month in 30-second trips. Featuring an art deco style and 72 m in height, the Elevator provides a beautiful overview of the Baía de Todos os Santos [Bay of All Saints]. The Elevator was listed as a heritage site in 2006 by IPHAN.

Key information and tips

Bahia Tourist Hotline: +55 (71) 3103-3103

Opening hours:
Daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m

R$ 0,25

Duration of the Visit
1 hour
+55 (71) 3243-4030
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Praça Visconde de Cayru, Centro – Salvador – Bahia

The easiest way of getting around town is by taxi. Check out rates and companies available in the city.

You can also use the double-decker tour bus to get there. The bus stops at the Modelo Market, which is located in front of the Lacerda Elevator.