Forte de São João Baptista ou do Desembarcadouro

The Fort of São João Baptista, next to the Marina of Machico, was built by order of the Governor, captain general Duarte Sodré Pereira, in the year 1708. His name is also strong in the Wharf because nearby landed the discoverers of the island, Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira. Defended the Bay of Machico, making crossfire with the forte de Nossa Senhora do Amparo. Inside there is a neo-Gothic Chapel, dedicated to Saint who gives the name to the fortress. Having served as a hospital and then to summer camp for children of the Santa clara convent in Funchal, is in the process of being transformed into a hotel.


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Monuments near Forte de São João Baptista ou do Desembarcadouro

Busto de Estátua de Tristão Vaz Teixeira

Bust in homage of Tristão Vaz Teixeira, colonizer of Porto Santo and Madeira Islands. It was cut in stone by Anjos Teixeira in 1972.

Engenho de Cana-de-açúcar das Casas Próximas

This is a device of 19th century sugar cane, classified as Local Cultural Value. The Northern Mills company, which still produces sugar cane brandy, is the onl…

Forte de Nossa Senhora do Amparo

Ancient fortress, built in the XVIII century to defend the Machico beach. It now works as information’s post.

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição / Matriz de Machico

Temple built by Branca Teixeira, daughter of the first Captain-Donatário Tristão Vaz Teixeira, based on the 13th century Chapel of the Magi, remodeled and expa…

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