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Captured from the cable car that connects Funchal to Monte.

Construction of the aerial tramway began in September 1999; it was inaugurated in November 2000, and has been in operation since that time. The departing station is located at Almirante Reis Park in central Funchal. Town.

The length of the cable car line is 3,718 metres and the height difference 560 metres; the trip takes approximately 15 minutes. The line has over 39 cabins with 8 seats each, carrying 800 passengers per hour. During good weather it offers splendid views over Funchal and its surrounds.

The cable car system replaced the old Monte Railway which ran from 1886 - 1943. Between the closing of the railway and the opening of the cable car service, the only access to Monte was by a steep winding road.

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