Funchal Customs House

Historic Building in Funchal (Madeira)

Antiga Alfandega, Funchal, Madeira
CC BY-SA 4.0 / Paulo SP/ Wikimedia

Following the redevelopment of the city, the construction of the Town Hall and the Cathedral, the construction of the New Customs House of Funchal commenced and was eventually finished in 1519. It earned the name “New Funchal Customs House” because there was an earlier customs house from which its functions were transferred.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, the New Funchal Customs House underwent modifications, including the addition of a small fortification, the remnants of which can still be seen in the form of the portal (which is now located in the adjacent garden) and the Chapel of Santo António da Mouraria.

In 1748, following an earthquake in Madeira that caused significant damage to this building, a comprehensive renovation and reconstruction effort was undertaken. Over the subsequent centuries, it also underwent expansions and further alterations.

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Visiting Funchal Customs House

Address: Alfândega do Funchal, Avenida Do Mar, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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