Santa Clara Convent, Funchal, Madeira

Visit this convent founded in 1496 and discover its 15th century cloisters.

Santa Clara Convent, Funchal, Madeira
Santa Clara Convent
© Turismo da Madeira

The walls of the Santa Clara Convent separate the world from one of the oldest religious orders in Madeira. This convent was founded in 1496 by João Gonçalves de Câmara, Zarco’s (discoverer of the island) grandchild.

Dona Isabella, granddaughter of Zarco, was its first Abbess. This way she established an aristocratic tradition which ensured the wealth of the convent. After her, many wealthy families’ daughters were forced to take the vows when they were of age, because it was supposed to give spiritual benefits for them as well as their fathers.

Convento de Santa Clara, Funchal
Convento de Santa Clara 
© Turismo da Madeira

This convent was turned into a real touristic attraction during 19th century, when the visitors came here to buy flowers made of feathers and sweets.

Nowadays, the nuns run a kindergarten. It is possible to make guided tours to see the chapels of the clusters of 15th century. The chapels exhibit a numerous spectacular paintings, sculptures and tiles.

The attached convent was rebuilt in the 17th century over the foundation of a 15th century chapel, where the remains of the first three governors of Madeira are buried. Its vaulted tower is ornamented with tiles and even older tiles can be seen on its walls, although they are a little faded. The roof is paneled with the traditional Madeiran coffered ceiling, painted with floral motives and a galeon.

More information:

Location:

Calçada de Santa Clara, 15, Funchal, Madeira.

Ticket price:

1,50€.

Opening hours:

Everyday from 10h00 to 12h00 and from 15h00 to 17h00.

Telephone:

(+351) 291 742 602

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