Santa Clara Monastery
Built towards the end of the 16th century by the second donee captain of Madeira Island, João Gonçalves da C^mara, near his father residence, to shelter the daughters of local nobility. Its construction was finished in 1497, when it received its first community of Clarisse Nuns. Until around the 18th century the monastery received a large number of nuns, but with the extinction of the Religious Orders, they stopped admitting new nuns.
The Cathedral, classified as a National Monument since 1910, is the main religious temple of the Archipelago, and much visited by locals and visitors to the city of Funchal. Of undeniable historical, architectural and artistic value, there is the interior of the Cathedral the presbytery sent the altarpiece run by King Manuel I in 1510-1515. The altarpiece, topped by a Gothic canopy, is presented in the form of a large polyptych, consisting of gilded, supplemented by small sculptures and oil paintings on wood. The high value of this altarpiece comes from the high technical quality of execution and the fact that it is the only altarpiece of the Manueline period remains in full at their place of origin. The Cathedral of Funchal also has one of the most beautiful ceilings in Portugal, made with wood from the island and the chancel stalls bearing the Flemish style.
Colour, Sound, Aroma, Tradition…
Located in the heart of old town Funchal, the “Mercado dos Lavradores” (Farmer´s Market) is a place that overflows colour, aroma, sound and tradition. Inaugurated in 1940, the “Mercado dos Lavradores” was built to provide the island´s inhabitants with a central location to buy and sell local products. With a covered area of 9,600m2, this structure´s main entrance is decorated with hand-painted azulejos (tiles) all displaying regional themes. Also at the main entrance you will find women dressed in the Madeira traditional costume selling flowers. Walking into the market you will find yourself on the first floor where fresh exotic fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs, leather and wicker are sold. To experience the combination of these exotic scents is worthwhile visiting the market.