Phone: (+351) Funchal

Sé do Funchal is one of the few buildings that remained virtually intact since the colonization times.

In the 1490's, King Manuel I dispatched architect Pêro Anes to work in the cathedral, which was concluded in 1514, despite the fact that in 1508, when Funchal was declared a city, masses were already held in the temple (the bell tower was not finished until 1518).

Inside, the seats and the arm-rests of the main chapel show saints, prophets and apostles in 16th-century dress; the decorative details include images of daily life in Madeira, such as a cherubin carrying bananas and another one with a wine bag.

The church has an exceptional processional cross, offered by Kim Manuel I; it is considered one of the masterpieces of Manueline silversmithery.

Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel
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Located at Praia Formosa, this hotel is only a 10 minute walk from the centre of Funchal, yet set in a very relaxing location, on a cliff allowing spectacular views of the harbour, the mountains and the ocean, with direct access to the sea.

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