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( The paternoster lift is the 38-cabin installation in the 78-m-tall Arts Tower.

The Arts Tower is a building at 12 Bolsover Street in Sheffield, England belonging to the University of Sheffield and opened in 1966. At 78 m tall, it is the second tallest building in the city, after the 101 m St Paul's Tower on Arundel Gate, which was topped out in 2009.

Circulation is through two ordinary lifts and a paternoster lift which, at 38 cars, is the largest of the few surviving, unlike many paternoster elevators that have been closed for safety reasons, continues to operate today.

A paternoster lift is a passenger elevator which consists of a chain of open compartments (each usually designed for two people) that move slowly in a loop up and down inside a building without stopping. Passengers can step on or off at any floor they like. The same technique is also used for filing cabinets to store large amounts of (paper) documents or for small spare parts. The much smaller belt manlift which consists of an endless belt with steps and rungs but no compartments is also sometimes called a paternoster.

By far most remaining paternosters are in Europe, with 230 examples in Germany, and 68 in the Czech Republic. Only three have been identified outside Europe: one in Malaysia, one in Sri Lanka and another in Peru.

According to Wikipedia

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