Viana funicular to hilltop shrine resumes trips on 100th anniversary

A funicular that connects the city of Viana do Castelo, in Portugal’s far north, to the Santa Luzia hill, via a 650-metre route that makes it the country’s longest of its kind, on Friday resumes its trips up to the shrine of the same name and back down again, on the 100th anniversary of its inauguration. Two carriages will simultaneously ply the route from Viana do Castelo to the Santa Luzia hill, 160 metres higher and via an average incline of 25%, and back to the city centre station. In 15 years of operation, the revamped funicular has carried more than 1.6 million passengers, writes Lusa.