What is a Paternoster lift?

(And why did they kind of disappeared?)

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A Paternoster lift is one that is named after the loops of rosary beads used during recitation of the Lord’s Prayer (“Pater noster…”) in some religious orders and they work like this:

It’s a type of passenger elevator that just didn’t stop. Passengers can simply step on or off at any floor they like.

They reason they stopped building these elevators around the mid-70’s (which, incidentally, I really want to try at some point — some are still available in Europe), is due to safety concerns but public sentiment has kept many of them open in Europe. There’s around 230 of them left in Germany and about 70 in the Czech Republic.

If you’d like to see them a bit better you can check the following video.

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