Cathedral Se Funchal545 Votes Currently Open
- Address: Rua do Aljube 13, 9000-067 Funchal, Portugal
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: 351-291230091
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Cathedral
In 1490s, Manuel I sent his architect to work on the design of the cathedral of Funchal.The church was built in Gothic style to appeal to the most powerful emotion whether springing from faith or from civic duty. This architecture created light, and air and became an awe-inspiring place of piety and worship. Lofty towers scaled new heights, allowing the worshippers to feel as if they had reached up to heaven. In 1508 Funchal was given the status of a city and in it was the Cathedral Se, a spiritual place for quiet reflection and contemplative prayer.
From outside the cathedral looks rustic and is made up of a patchwork of red/brown blocks quarried locally and walls washed in brilliant white. The interior is exquisite. You climb down some steps and go through the main entrance guarded by two sets of sturdy Gothic wooden doors. Agrand archwhich gives the impression of height and magnificence leads to the chancel. Works of art here features the manueline period. This is a Portuguese style of ornamentation architecture which incorporates maritime elements and representations of the discoveries brought from the voyages of Vasco Da Gama. The manueline architecture was financed by the proceeds of the lucrative spice trade with Africa and India. Seashells, flowers, animals, knitted ropes, are examples of manueline architecture.
Now relax, let your mind reach out to the splendour of the vaulted Gothic ceiling, with its sense of elegance and grandeur. The ceiling is lined in native cedar wood, inlaid with ivory and gold, decorated in Mujedar style, which is a combination of architecture resulting from Muslim and Christian cultures living side by side. Rows of tables and chairs are decorated with images of apostles and prophets, even the arms of the chairs are crafted with the smallest details. There are several saintly carved wooden icons and paintings around the alter.
This holy place is commonly visited by the elderly locals come in to pray on their way from picking up groceries. The time spent here invigorates them simply by touching the foot of a statue, praying and moving on.
Cathedral Se Funchal Travel Tips
- It is easily accessible as car parks, bus stops, taxi ranks and even a port are all within walking distance.This is close to the hub of the city and the marina area.
- Opening times change depending on what church activities are in progress.
- The church bell can be heard throughout the city before service starts.
- Beware of beggars who wait outside the chapel doors begging for money.
Cathedral Se Funchal Hours
- Recommended time to visit is 08.00 am.
How to Reach Cathedral Se Funchal
- All public transports are available.
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76.01% of people who visit Funchal include Cathedral Se Funchal in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
28.57% of people start their Cathedral Se Funchal visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Cathedral Se Funchal
65.45% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Cathedral Se Funchal