Convent of Santa Clara (Funchal)

Convent in Funchal (Madeira)

Convento De Santa Clara Funchal, Portugal
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Convent of Santa Clara dates back to the late 15th century. The convent stands as a remarkable monument in Funchal’s historical heritage, offering a glimpse into the city’s rich past. Originally established for a cloistered religious order, the convent is now open to visitors, inviting them to explore its architectural and artistic treasures.

Situated on Calçada de Santa Clara, the construction of this complex occurred between 1489 and 1496 under the directive of João Gonçalves da Câmara, the second captain-donee of Funchal. Initially intended to serve as a residence for the daughters of the local nobility, the Convent of Santa Clara has evolved into a testament to the city’s cultural and historical legacy.

The complex comprises various buildings of significant architectural and artistic value. Adorning its walls are Hispano-Arabic tiles from the 17th century, while wooden ceilings showcase intricate craftsmanship. The convent houses a collection of meticulously restored 17th- and 18th-century canvases.

A visit to the Convent of Santa Clara offers an exploration of its various spaces, including the atrium, the São Gonçalo de Amarante Chapel believed to have been constructed in the 16th century, the porch granting access to the choirs, the Gothic cloister, the Coro de Baixo, and the Coro de Cima. Notably, visitors can also discover the Santa Clara Church, commissioned by João Gonçalves Zarco, the discoverer of the island, adding another layer to the historical tapestry of Madeira.

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Visiting Convent of Santa Clara (Funchal)


Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00-12:30 | 14:00-17:30. Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

Address: Convent of Santa Clara, Calçada de Santa Clara, Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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