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Monuments in Funchal
Foot street with many historic buildings, restaurants and shops.
Rua do Aljube
This was the first church to be built in Funchal. It is Gothic in style, with Moorish and Manueline influences. Ten Gothic arches connect the naves and natural light is provided by eight Manueline crevices in the chancel. In the Capela do Santíssimo, decorated in the 18th and 19th centuries style, you can appreciate a large painting from the 17th century that represents the Last Supper. There are two mechanical clocks in the tower that set the pace of life for the citizens and the city.
This former Train station is now working as a restaurant a space to organize marriages and other events. Here is a monument paying homage to Nossa Senhora da Paz (Our Lady of Peace), built in the sequence of the bombing of Funchal in 1917, by German submarines.
Rua Nova de São João, 16
Farm set on a slope where the manor house comes forth with two floors from the middle of the XX. It was restored in 1960 and is now a private residence.
Avenida do Mar e das Comunidades Madeirenses
Originally this stone column was about 30 metres high and 3 metres of diameter, but in 1939 it was put down to built the present Avenida do Mar. In 1987 it was partially rebuilt with some of the original stones, not far from the place where it used to be. Its name is due to the responsible of the construction, the English John Light Banger.
Rua do Esmeraldo, 24
Construction dated from the end of the XVII century, being at that time the Santa Casa da Misericórdia and its Hospital. It was later the Medical School of Funchal and is now the Regional Government Palace.
Rua da Conceição, 29
Large baroque palace with a three floors rectangular plant, built in the XVII century. The ground floor has shops and storehouses and the 1st floor services, among which the Juvenile Court of Funchal.
Rua da Mouraria, 31
Building dated from the end of the XVIII century, the former residence of the Carvalhal Counts. The seven wicker balconies in forged iron and the portal sided by two iron lanterns are worthy of notice. It worked as a hotel, a college and international club and is now the property of the City Council and headquarters of Regional Archive of Madeira, the Municipal Library, the Museum and the Municipal aquarium of Funchal.