A paternoster or paternoster lift is a passenger elevator which consists of a chain of open compartments (each usually designed for two persons) that move slowly in a loop up and down inside a building without stopping. The University of Vienna (Universität Wien is a Public university located in Vienna, Austria. The 1950s Decade refers to the years of 1950 to 1959 inclusive An elevator or lift is a Transport device used to move people or goods vertically from one floor to another Passengers can step on or off at any floor they like.
First built in 1884 by Londoner J. Year 1884 ( MDCCCLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year E. Hall as the Cyclic Elevator, the name paternoster ("Our Father", the first two words of the Lord's Prayer in Latin) was originally applied to the device because the elevator is in the form of a loop and is thus similar to rosary beads used as an aid in reciting the Lord's prayer. The Lord's Prayer, also known as the Our Father or Pater noster, is probably the best-known Prayer in Christianity. Latin ( lingua Latīna, laˈtiːna is an Italic language, historically spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome. Prayer beads are traditionally used to keep count of the repetitions of Prayers chants or devotions by adherents of Religion.
Paternosters were popular throughout the first half of the 20th century as they could carry more passengers than ordinary elevators. The twentieth century of the Common Era began on They were more common in continental Europe, especially in public buildings, than in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located However, a number of United Kingdom, multi-storey, university buildings were built in the early 1960s with paternoster lifts: they included buildings at Aston University; Birmingham University's Gisbert Kapp building, Muirhead Tower, and University Library (working until the early nineties?, but now gone (05)); Leicester University's Attenborough Building; Leeds University's Roger Stevens building, now closed, Salford University's tower block, now demolished; Sheffield University's Arts Tower, De Montfort University's Fletcher Building (now replaced with high speed lifts,) Oxford University's Psychology/Zoology building and Newcastle University. Aston University is a "plate glass" Campus university situated on a 40- Acre (0 The University of Birmingham (informally Birmingham University) is a British red brick University located in the city of Birmingham The University of Leicester is a research led university based in Leicester, England, with approximately 19000 registered students - about 12000 of them full-time The Attenborough Building is the tallest building on the campus of the University of Leicester, and houses Arts and Humanities departments. The University of Leeds is a major teaching and research University in Leeds, West Yorkshire; one of the largest in the United Kingdom with The University of Salford is a Plate glass university based in Salford Greater Manchester, England, with approximately 20000 registered students The University of Sheffield is a research University, located in Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England. The Arts Tower is a building in Sheffield, England belonging to the University of Sheffield. De Montfort University ( DMU) is a British university situated in Leicester, England. The University of Oxford (informally "Oxford University" or simply "Oxford" located in the city of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England is the Newcastle University is a leading research intensive University located in Newcastle upon Tyne in the north-east of England.
Today, in many countries the construction of new paternosters is no longer allowed because of the high danger of accidents (people tripping or falling over when trying to enter or alight). Also, an increased sensitivity to the needs of the disabled, e. g. , wheelchair users, has led to the paternoster's gradual demise. A wheelchair is a wheeled Mobility device in which the user sits
In April 2006, Hitachi announced plans for a modern paternoster-style elevator with computer-controlled cars and normal elevator doors to alleviate safety concerns. () is a Multinational corporation specializing in high-technology and services headquartered in Marunouchi Itchome Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan.  
A view from inside the above paternoster, showing the gap between floors
Numerous working paternosters are known to survive in Europe:
- City Hall of Vienna (at stairway 6 near the northern entrance)
- House of Industry, Schwarzenbergplatz 4, Vienna (oldest paternoster in Austria)
- Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour, Stubenring, Vienna
- Ministry of Defence, Rossauer Lände 1, Vienna
- Federal Computing Centre, Hintere Zollamtsstraße 4, Vienna
- Versicherungsanstalt für Eisenbahnen und Bergbau (Insurance institution of the railway and mining industries), Linke Wienzeile, Vienna
- The Ringturm (Wiener Städtische Versicherung / Vienna City Insurance Headquarters Building), Schottenring 30, Vienna
- A functioning paternoster can be found at the Flemish Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, where it is used as an art display. East Berlin was the name given to the eastern part of Berlin between 1949 and 1990 The Flemish Parliament ( Dutch: Vlaams Parlement, and formerly called Flemish Council or Vlaamse Raad) constitutes the legislative power Brussels (Bruxelles pronounced; Brussel pronounced) officially the Brussels Capital-Region, is The Kingdom of Belgium is a Country in northwest Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts its headquarters as well as those
- The Komerční Banka building on Václavské náměstí in Prague. Wenceslas Square ( Czech:) is one of the main city squares and the centre of the business and cultural communities in the New Town of Prague, Prague (ˈprɑːg Praha (ˈpraɦa see also other names) is the Capital and Largest city of the Czech Republic. (This is a working office and not open to the general public, but it can be seen from the main lobby).
- New Townhall on Prokešovo náměstí in Ostrava, which are open to the public. Ostrava ( pronounced, Ostrau Ostrawa is the third largest city in the Czech Republic, however it is the second largest urban agglomeration after Prague
- A working paternoster can be found at the Faculty Of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology where it is being used by students and faculty staff. Brno University of Technology (abbreviated BUT; in Czech: Vysoké učení technické v Brně &ndash Czech abbreviation VUT) is a University
- Faculty of Law, Charles University, Nám. Curieových 7, Prague
- Czech Technical University in Prague on Dejvice , Technická 2, Prague
- Office building of Spolek pro chemickou a hutní výrobu (Spolchemie) in Ústí nad Labem
- Within the Lucerna building in Prague, near the entrance from Štěpánská. Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU České vysoké učení technické v Praze &ndash ČVUT in Czech) is one of the largest universities in the Dejvice is a historical community a municipal quarter of the Prague 6 district of Prague, Czech Republic. Ústí nad Labem ( pronounced; Aussig is a city of the Czech Republic, in the Ústí nad Labem Region. Prague (ˈprɑːg Praha (ˈpraɦa see also other names) is the Capital and Largest city of the Czech Republic.
- Office building of KAUČUK, a. s. in Kralupy near Prague.
- Bývalý Krajský úřad Zlín (yellow building)
- At the seat of the Danish parliament, Christiansborg, there is a working paternoster open to the public. The Kingdom of Denmark ( ˈd̥ænmɑɡ̊ (archaic ˈd̥anmɑːɡ̊ commonly known as Denmark, is a country in the Scandinavian region of northern Europe Christiansborg Palace on Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen, is the house of Denmark 's three supreme powers the executive power, the
- Frederiksberg City Hall.
- At Danfoss Nordborg
- At KVUC in Copenhagen
- At The Danish Dairy Board in Aarhus. The Danfoss Group is a global producer of components and solutions for Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Heating & Water and Motion Controls Nordborg ( German: Norburg) is a town and a former municipality ( Danish, kommune) in Sønderborg municipality Region
- At Vejle sygehus, The hospital in the city Vejle, there is a working paternoster, but not open to the public.
- The Finnish house of parliament, the Eduskuntatalo, Helsinki. Finland, officially the Republic of Finland ( is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of northern Europe. The Eduskuntatalo (in Finnish) or Riksdagshuset (in Swedish) is the building in which the Parliament of Finland meets Helsinki (in Finnish;) or Helsingfors (in Swedish;) is the Capital and largest city of Finland.
- Kansaneläkelaitos office building, Helsinki. Kela, or Kansaneläkelaitos (in Finnish also FPA or Folkpensionsanstalten (in Swedish and SII or Social Insurance Institution Helsinki (in Finnish;) or Helsingfors (in Swedish;) is the Capital and largest city of Finland.
- Stockmann department store, Helsinki. Stockmann ( is a Finnish listed company which was established in 1862 and is engaged in the retail trade Helsinki (in Finnish;) or Helsingfors (in Swedish;) is the Capital and largest city of Finland.
- Office building in Yliopistonkatu, Turku (former headquarters of the Sampo insurance company). Turku, in Swedish Åbo ( pronounced,) is a city and the original capital of Finland on the southwest coast of Finland at the Headquarters (HQ denotes the location where most if not all of the important functions of an organization are concentrated Sampo is a Finnish company in Insurance, and until the year 2006 Banking It is one of the largest companies in Finland
- Trostbrücke 1, in the Altstadt district of Hamburg (although this is a working office and not always open to the general public). Altstadt is the German language word for "old city" meaning "historical city centre within the city wall" in contrast to a Neustadt Hamburg (English, German: ˈhambʊɐk local pronunciation Low German / Low Saxon: Hamborg) is the second-largest city in Germany A paternoster still in operation and open to general public is in the Bezirksamt Eimsbüttel (Grindelberg 62/66). Qype's office building at Deichstraße 29 also has a working Paternoster. Qype is a Hamburg -based Web 20 company centered around social networking and local reviews.
- The IG Farben Building in Frankfurt-am-Main. The IG Farben Building or the Poelzig Building, was built from 1928 to 1930 as the corporate headquarters of the IG Farben conglomerate in Frankfurt am Main The current occupants of the building, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, have pledged to maintain and preserve the famous paternosters "in perpetuity". The Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (also known as Frankfurt University) was founded in 1914 as a Citizens' University which means that while it was
- Frankfurt - Fleming's Deluxe Hotel the paternoster provides service to six floors and the rooftop restaurant.
- Stuttgart - town hall, Literaturhaus, Universität Stuttgart, Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG (only for employees), Kaufhof (near main station (only for employees)), Robert Bosch GmbH (Feuerbach (only for employees), Arbeitsgericht
- Kiel Rathaus, or town hall. Stuttgart (ˈʃtʊtgaɐ̯t is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. For the city in the United States, see Kiel Wisconsin. For the name see Kiel (name. One of the best examples in Germany, it is 5 levels and it open to the public.
- Mannheim operations building of SCA
- Leverkusen, some Paternosters
- In the Informatics and Mathematics faculty of Universität-Leipzig one can still be found, although the lift stays in operation only half of the day. Mannheim is a City in Germany. With 327318 inhabitants it is the second-largest city in the state of Baden-Württemberg after the capital Stuttgart Leverkusen is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located on the eastern bank of the Rhine, half way between Cologne and This sort of fix restores section edit linkpoints to where they belong As the faculty is being rebuilt by 2009, it is unlikely that the paternoster will be in service beyond that date.
- Duisburg - both in the city hall and the internal revenue offices. Duisburg (ˈdyːsbʊɐ̯k is a German city in the western part of the Ruhr Area ( Ruhrgebiet) in North Rhine-Westphalia.
- Düsseldorf - in the older of the three Vodafone Global buildings. Düsseldorf (ˈdʏsəldɔɐf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Currently out of use following an incident.
- Cologne - In the IHK (Industrie- und Handelskammer/Chamber of Industry and Trade) Building (Unter Sachsenhausen 10-26, D-50667 Cologne, Hansahochhaus (housing Saturn, Hansaring, Maybachstraße 115, D-50674 Cologne), WDR HQ (Wallrafplatz 1, D-50667 Cologne (only for employees); Kaufhof (Hohe Straße 41-53, D-50667), Kaufhof Corporate HQ (Leonhard-Tietz-Str. The Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR, officially " Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln " translated "Western German Broadcasting Cologne" is a German Metro AG ( is a diversified Retail and Wholesale / cash and carry group based in Germany. Metro AG ( is a diversified Retail and Wholesale / cash and carry group based in Germany. , D-50667 Cologne (not open to the public); Volkshochschule Building (near Neumarkt, D-50667 Cologne); Former Felten & Guilleaume Corporate HQ (Schanzenstr. 28, D-51069 Cologne-Mülheim, accessible public office building, 5 Stories); former downtown Bezirksamt „Dischhaus“ (Brückenstr. , D-50667 Cologne);Bezirksregierung Köln (Regional Government Center Cologne), Entrance: Zeughausstraße 8 (D-50667 Cologne)
- Berlin - Foreign Office, Werderscher Markt 1; Finance Ministry, Wilhelmstrasse 97; Agriculture Ministry, Wilhelmstrasse 54; Axel Springer Building, Axel Springer Strasse 65; Bayer Schering Pharma, AG; ART+COM, Kleiststrasse 23-26, 10787 Berlin (52°30′4.99″N 13°20′39.72″E / 52.5013861, 13.3443667), rbb (Radio Berlin Brandenburg) Masurenallee 8-14. Berlin is the capital city and one of sixteen states of Germany.
- Paternosters are still in operation at the main office of the Corus Steelworks (formerly Hoogovens) in IJmuiden. Method of Lines (MoL refers to a computational technique in Electromagnetics, used to solve the Maxwells equations. Budapest ( also /ˈbʊ-/) is the capital city of Hungary. As the largest city of Hungary it serves as the country's principal Political, The University of Miskolc (before 1990 Technical University of Heavy Industry) is the largest University of Northern Hungary. Budapest ( also /ˈbʊ-/) is the capital city of Hungary. As the largest city of Hungary it serves as the country's principal Political, Budapest ( also /ˈbʊ-/) is the capital city of Hungary. As the largest city of Hungary it serves as the country's principal Political, Budapest ( also /ˈbʊ-/) is the capital city of Hungary. As the largest city of Hungary it serves as the country's principal Political, Corus is a subsidiary of Tata Steel, part of India 's Tata Group and world's fifth largest steel producer, headquartered in London, Koninklijke Hoogovens was a Dutch steel producer founded in 1918 Ĳmuiden is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland, the main town of the municipality of Velsen. This remarkable building (by Dudok, 1951) was restored in 1999. Willem Marinus Dudok ( July 6 1884, Amsterdam - April 6 1974, Hilversum) was a Dutch modernist Architect
- Casema in The Hague also still is using a Paternoster
- Katowice: The Silesian Parliament at Jagiellonska 25 - 14 cabs,7 floors - Build by VEB Aufzugbau Leipzig
- Katowice: Office Building at Wita Stwosza 7 - 12 cabs,4 floors - Build by Flohr (1951 - Flohr-Otis,1989 - Otis)
- Wrocław: The Head Office of Bank Zachodni WBK at Rynek 9/11 - 20 cabs, 10 floors - the paternoster is still in use, yet it is only available to the Bank staff
- The Railways of the Slovak Republic HQ, Klemensova street, Bratislava
- Ministry of Finance, Štefanovičova street, Bratislava
- Ministry of Agriculture, Dobrovičova street, Bratislava
- Ministry of Transport, posts and telecommunications, Nám. Katowice (Katovice Kattowitz is a City in Silesia in southern Poland, on the Kłodnica Silesian Parliament or Silesian Sejm (Sejm Śląski was the governing body of the Autonomous Silesian Voivodeship, an Autonomous Voivodeship Katowice (Katovice Kattowitz is a City in Silesia in southern Poland, on the Kłodnica ARTICLE TEXT BEGINS AFTER THESE COMMENTS - PLEASE READ 1 Please do not edit the lead without reading slobody, Bratislava
- Ministry of Interior, Pribinova street, Bratislava
- Technical University of Košice
- Business centre at Letná ulica Košice
- Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève in Geneva (rarely in use; reserved for disasters)
- Vaucher Sport in Berne
- Regional State Administration Building in Uzhhorod
- Paternoster lifts continue to operate in the Albert Sloman library at the University of Essex. Technical University of Košice (Slovak Technická univerzita v Košiciach) is the second greatest university of technology in Slovakia and the first (still the only ('stɔkhɔlm is Sweden 's Capital and its largest City. It is the site of the national Swedish government, the parliament, and the Norrland's University Hospital, or Norrlands Universitetssjukhus (NUS, is the major hospital in northern Sweden Umeå (ʉːmеоː, Uumaja Ubmi is a University city in Västerbotten, Sweden. Geneva (Genève is the second-most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich) and is the most populous city of Romandy (the French -speaking The city of Berne or Bern (, Berne, Berna, Romansh: Berna, Bernese German: Bärn) is the Bundesstadt ( Federal Uzhhorod (Ужгород Уґоград Ужгород or Унґвар Ungvár Slovak and Czech: Užhorod; Użgorod Ungwar Ungarisch Burg אונגװיר The University of Essex is a British Campus university located near the town of Colchester, England The University of Essex is a British Campus university located near the town of Colchester, England
- The Arts Tower at the University of Sheffield contains a 38-car paternoster. The Arts Tower is a building in Sheffield, England belonging to the University of Sheffield. The University of Sheffield is a research University, located in Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England.  The building is a teaching block and not specifically open to the public, but the paternoster can be seen from the front door.
- Attenborough Tower at the University of Leicester, the tallest in the UK. The Attenborough Building is the tallest building on the campus of the University of Leicester, and houses Arts and Humanities departments. The University of Leicester is a research led university based in Leicester, England, with approximately 19000 registered students - about 12000 of them full-time
- The Pantheon, Oxford Street branch of Marks & Spencer still had a paternoster for staff use in the 1990s. A temple (from the Latin word Templum) is a structure reserved for religious or spiritual activities such as prayer and sacrifice or analogous rites Oxford Street is a major thoroughfare in London, England in the City of Westminster. Marks & Spencer Group plc (also M&S, Marks and Sparks, and Marks) is a British Retailer with 843 stores in more than 30
- A seven floor Paternoster survives in E block at the Ericsson (formerly Marconi) site in Beeston, Nottinghamshire. Beeston is a town in Nottinghamshire, England. It is southwest of Nottingham City Centre Employees were banned from going around the bottom or over the top following an incident a few years ago, when abuse caused by a group of visitors shaking the car had caused the car to get stuck at the bottom. The lift has been out of action since November 2007, and is unlikely to be put back into service.
- Rolls-Royce's seven storey tower block on Victory Road in Derby. Rolls-Royce plc ( is a British Aircraft engine maker and the second-largest in the world behind GE Aviation. Derby (pronounced "dar-bee" /dˈɑːbɪ/ is a city in the East Midlands of England.
- Staff in the main ward building of Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex, have access to a paternoster in the central ward building. Northwick Park Hospital is a large Hospital in Greater London, England. Harrow is a town in the London Borough of Harrow, North West London. Middlesex is one of the 39 historic counties of England and the second smallest by area. This is slated for replacement as existing conventional lifts exist for staff use.
- One was in the four-storey British Airways Viscount House building at Heathrow Airport, west of London. British Airways plc ( is the national Airline and Flag carrier of the United Kingdom and one of the largest in Europe London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. This building has now been demolished.
- The Dental Hospital in Birmingham has one for staff use. Birmingham ( ˈbɜːmɪŋəm Ber -ming-um
- In Scotland, a working paternoster serves seven floors of the Pontecorvo Building (former Department of Genetics) at the University of Glasgow. Scotland ( Gaelic: Alba) is a Country in northwest Europethat occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. The University of Glasgow (Oilthigh Ghlaschu was founded in 1451 in Glasgow, Scotland and along with its contemporary institutions the University of St Andrews The building is not open to the public. A paternoster was installed there on construction, in 1966–67 (by architects Basil Spence & Partners) because each floor has a small area and it was anticipated that staff and students would make many short journeys. Sir Basil Urwin Spence, OM, OBE, RA, ( 13 August 1907 &ndash 19 November 1976) was a Scottish This expectation has been fulfilled, and the paternoster is considered to have been a very valuable device. Occupants of the Pontecorvo Building are currently being relocated to allow its demolition.
- There is a paternoster at Technology House, the headquarters of Boxclever, in Bedford, which was switched off on 11/02/08 due to health and safety reasons
- There is a paternoster at Thomson House, an office building at Birchwood Park near Warrington. Box Clever is a British electronic and domestic appliance rental chain created in 2000 by the merger of Radio Rentals and Granada Rentals. Bedford is the County town of Bedfordshire, England. It is a large town and the administrative centre for the Bedford borough Warrington is a large town borough and Unitary authority area in Cheshire, England. Although covered over during re-refurbishments in 2005 due to maintenance costs, the paternoster is still operable if uncovered. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
- An example of a continuous-belt type paternoster of the type used in industrial plants can be seen in the 1966 film Our Man Flint, in which James Coburn uses a paternoster to escape pursuing enemies. Gregory Peck (April 5 1916 &ndash June 12 2003 was an Academy Award -winning and four-time Golden Globe Award-winning American Film Buddy Ebsen ( April 2, 1908 &ndash July 6, 2003) was a versatile American Character actor and Dancer. Night People is a 1954 motion picture starring Gregory Peck, Broderick Crawford, Anita Bjork and Buddy Ebsen, and directed by Nunnally William Holden ( April 17, 1918 &ndash November 12, 1981) was an Academy Award -winning American film Actor Year 1962 ( MCMLXII) was a Common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Counterfeit Traitor is a 1962 War film starring William Holden and Lilli Palmer. Year 1966 ( MCMLXVI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. Our Man Flint is a 1966 Action film which stars James Coburn as Derek Flint James Harrison Coburn Jr ( 31 August &ndash 18 November) was an American film and television actor known for his charisma and natural charm
- In the 1976 film The Omen, a paternoster can be seen in the Rome hospital visited by Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) in the course of his enquiries into the origins of Damien (located in reality in Northwick Park Hospital). Year 1976 ( MCMLXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Omen is a 1976 suspense / horror Film directed by Richard Donner. Gregory Peck (April 5 1916 &ndash June 12 2003 was an Academy Award -winning and four-time Golden Globe Award-winning American Film
- In the 1967 TV series The Prisoner episode "Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling" the Number Six character (played in that episode by Nigel Stock) is seen taking a ride in a paternoster lift (located in reality at the GEC Marconi building in Borehamwood). Year 1967 ( MCMLXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. The Prisoner is an allegorical British 1960s Science fiction television series starring and co-created by Patrick McGoohan. For the song from the 1952 film High Noon which uses this title in its refrain see High Noon (song. Nigel Stock (born Nigel Hector Munro Stock on 21 September 1919 in Malta - 23 June 1986 Marconi Electronic Systems (MES, or GEC-Marconi as it was until 1998 was the defence arm of The General Electric Company (GEC Borehamwood (sometimes referred to as Boreham Wood) is a town in southern Hertfordshire, situated 16 miles / 25km north of London.
- In David Lodge's 1975 novel Changing Places, the transplanted Californian, Morris Zapp, is chased up and down a paternoster by a psychotic professor of literature at the fictitious University of Rummidge in England. David John Lodge CBE, (born January 28, 1935 at Brockley London, England) is a British author Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The changing places Thought experiment was conceived of by Max Velmans, Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths College, University of England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland
- In his Diaries (1899-1941) the Austrian novelist Robert Musil uses the paternoster as an analogy of birth and death:
- It is distressing to reflect that we hurry like little hunted dots along the line that is our life and finally disappear down some unforeseen hole. Robert Musil born Robert Edler von Musil ( November 6, 1880, Klagenfurt, Austria &ndash And that, in front of us and behind, at intervals that nothing can reduce, other similar dots go racing along, which have some kind of temporary link with us, like the next links in the chain of a paternoster lift that goes racing on round.
- In the novel Metropolis a lead character Freder exchanges places with an exhausted worker and takes over his seemingly pointless task of moving the dials of a gigantic clock-like device which runs the massive system of Paternoster-lifts in the New Tower of Babel. Metropolis is a silent Science fiction film directed by Fritz Lang and written by Lang and Thea von Harbou.
- In the 1966 movie Funeral in Berlin Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) is surprised to find a paternoster in a West Berlin police station. Funeral in Berlin is a 1966 film based on the spy novel by Len Deighton. Sir Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr, CBE (born 14 March 1933 better known by his screen name Michael Caine, is an Oscar - and BAFTA
- In the novel Underworld by Reginald Hill, Ellie Pascoe and one of her students ride together in a Paternoster located in a building referred to as "the Ivory Tower" in Mid-Yorks University.
- In the 1948 film "Berlin Express" a paternoster is shown inside the IG Farben building. Berlin Express ( 1948) is a Black-and-white Film directed by Jacques Tourneur.
- The German WDR stand-up comedy show "Funkhaus", which is recorded in Cologne in the Foyer of the WDR building at Wallrafplatz 1, makes frequent use of the paternoster lift as an entrance/exit for comedians. Year 1985 ( MCMLXXXV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar)
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- The Lord's prayer, especially in a Roman Catholic context.
- (archaic) A rosary; a string of beads used in counting the prayers said.
- A slow, continuously moving lift or elevator consisting of a loop of open fronted cabins running the height of a building. The moving compartment is entered at one level and left when the desired level is reached. Found in some university libraries.
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