Cathedral of Funchal, Madeira

Visit the Sé de Funchal Cathedral, one of the oldest buildings in Madeira and silent witness of its history.

Sé of Funchal
Sé of Funchal 
© FC Turismo da Madeira

The Sé or Cathedral of Funchal  was founded in 1485 by the command of D. Manuel I, who felt proud of the acquisition of his new insular province. He then decided to appoint Pedro Enes, one of the most important architects in Lisbon, in charge of its construction.

Cathedral of Funchal
Cathedral of Funchal
© FC Turismo da Madeira

The construction finished in 1514, giving rise to a dismal building, only lightened by a few architectonic details of Manueline and Gothic style.

On the outside, the most ornamented part is not found on the facade, but on the easternmost end of the church, were the roof is decorated with miniature minaret capitals. The tower of the church has the same style, and it is covered in tiles to be protected from the rain and the wind.

The main porch is very simple and it is decorated with the coat of arms of D. Manuel I, which is influenced by the Knights Templars, because the king was their Grand Master.

The inside of the cathedral is much richer. The high roof is covered in a wooden coffered ceiling decorated with ivory geometrical figures. If you observe carefully, you can distinguish rare animals and exotic plants figures.

The chorus is carved with the figures of the Apostles, almost in real size, painted in gold with a blue bottom and well-dressed with rich robes which will give you an idea of the type of clothes the wealthy people used in 16th century. The chorus sides have amusing carved scenes.

More information:

Location:

Largo da Sé, Funchal, Madeira.

Ticket price:

Free admission.

Opening hours:

Everyday from 9h00 to 12h00 and from 16h00 to 17h30.

Telephone:

(+351) 291 228 155.

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