Heritage in Santa Cruz

A religious aspect, Santa Cruz has an unparalleled heritage, along with a set of themed attractions, this council urges more curious, religious and entertaining.


Fort San Fernando – built in the eighteenth century, in order to observe and protect the coastline of Santa Cruz, from the Santa Cruz beach. Its name comes from the existence of a chapel in devotion to San Fernando.


Aquaparque – a space that seeks to provide animation, diverse, good time for family and friends in several fun pools, three water-slides, four fast lanes, fast river, a black-hole, one hole river, a lazy river, a leisure pool and a children’s water park. Open from June to November from 10.00 to 18.00, while in August closes at 19:00.

Heritage in Madeira

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Holy House of Mercy – the sixteenth century, this began its construction in 1530, this hospital has a mannerist architecture of rectangular plan, paying the course of time, charitable and health services. Attached to this is the Chapel of Santa Isabel. It is open from Monday to Friday and closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.


City Hall Santa Cruz – this was built in the sixteenth century, presenting a residential civil architecture, sixteenth-century and modern features, which highlights the old main door of Gothic-Manueline style, surmounted by the arms of Manuel and windows twinned. This is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:30, ending the weekend weekends and holidays.


Sculpture Sister Mary Jane Wilson – a set that honors Sister Mary Jane Wilson, made by sculptor Louis Passion, this sculpture is in the Municipal Garden of Santa Cruz. Sister Mary Jane Wilson came to Madeira in 1881, a nurse who accompanied an English patient, settled at that time in Funchal. Three years later, he founded the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Victories, with the name of Sister Mary of St. Francis.


Cruise Santa Cruz – next to the Church Santa Cruz to Matrix, this cruise is composed of a white marble column on a base with three steps and a capital bearing a crucifix, being closely connected with the “Holy Cross” name.


Building of the Court of Santa Cruz – built in 1932, which replaced the old facilities that were once destroyed by fire in 1928. This building is presented with architectural features of the Estado Novo, the façade is the coat of Santa Cruz, is involved by beautiful gardens which highlights the Kapok (Chorisia speciosa). This is open from Monday to Friday, ending the week-end and holidays.


House of Culture – on Thursday the Revoredo, distinct families of the parish, it was acquired by the city of Santa Cruz, which aimed to install a space that promotes cultural activities with exhibition halls, art workshop, laboratory photography, library and an amphitheater outside who lands the view of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by pleasurable gardens.


Caniço Church – its patron saints St. Lawrence and St. Anthony, this was built in 1783, in charge of Father Joseph Lomelino Barreto, an architectural transition between the Baroque and Rococo, this presents a longitudinal plant and single nave, with a main facade in gable cornice a stone portal, surmounted by a large window with the royal arms. It also highlights the bell tower and a landscape of the valley of Canico. Once inside, are the Nicholas Ferreira paintings.


Chapel of St. Peter – built in 1500, this is characterized by the simplicity of its architectural lines. In 1772, it was swept away by the flood of Foz da Ribeira da Boaventura, after being rebuilt in 1793, with the support of the people. This holds one late-Mannerist style, with a longitudinal and a single nave plan with a chapel and sacristy adjoining the front left side of the chapel. In June, it receives pilgrims, in celebration of the feast of St. Peter.


Fort of Reis Magos – a strong small composed of a guardhouse, with a window and terrace facing the sea. It lies on the beach of Reis Magos, Canico, seeking the protection of the corsairs attacks.


Statue of Christ the King of the Sandwich Tern – in the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is the viewpoint of Garajau Ponta do this is by the French sculptor Georges Serraz, which presents Christ with open arms, facing the ocean. Inaugurated in 1927, with financial support and sent build by the counselor Aires Ornelas, son of the last scion of Canico, at the same time, the road that connects Cancela and this monument was opened to traffic.

Igreja de Sao Salvador

Church of San Salvador – a Gothic-Manueline style, this is one of the churches with great interest architectural, outside Funchal. Erected in honor of San Salvador, which resulted from the recovery of Capela das Almas, in the seventeenth century. João Freitas, a member of the House asked King Manuel I, its construction. This consists of three naves, a Gothic portal and rose window and a bell tower in the Manueline style crowned with the Cross of Christ. Once inside, altarpieces are baroque and neoclassic gilded, and traces of paintings on the pillars. This is the second largest island of Madeira church. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 8h00 to 18h00 and Sunday from 7h00 to 13h00, ending on Monday.

Capela de Santa Isabel

Santa Isabel Chapel – dates back to the early sixteenth century, was built by André Gonçalves merchant in the year 1562, has a portal in gothic style and altar in gilt. And is attached to the Holy House of Mercy of the Holy Cross. only opens its doors in religious ceremonies.

Igreja Matriz de Santo Antonio da Serra

Church of Santo Antonio da Serra – erected in the same place where there was a hermitage of the XVI century, this church dedicated to St. Anthony, finished your changes in the solemn blessing in 1857. It is open Monday to Sunday from 9:00 am at 18:00.


Church of Our Lady of Light – built in the same place it was in the early church, destroyed by a fire in 1964, dating back to 1509, this got several works until the eighteenth century, had a bell of 117 kg, an offering of Dom João V. the current church was built with the support of the people. In honor of the Lady of Light, a feast is celebrated on the Sunday of the week of September 8, a day when a large procession through the streets with the image of Our Lady of Light, laden with gold, pledges and donations.


Church of Camacha – dedicated to St. Lawrence, with a religious, baroque and neoclassical architecture, this is undergoing reconstruction, since it is considered as property of Municipal Interest. Erected in the late eighteenth century by Francisco Gonçalves Salgado, its interior contains a Baroque altarpiece, a Johannine style and neo-baroque revival, neoclassical tiles involve the triumphal arch also neoclassical, with paintings in the nave ceiling dating back to the year nine.


Parish Church of Camacha – New Church Camacha which replaced the services of the Church of Camacha, completed by the lack of space. This church was inaugurated in 1997 by the Bishop of the Diocese of Funchal, D. Teodoro de Faria and the parish priest, Fr. João Ferreira. A temple dedicated to St Lawrence, with a modern architecture, with seven pillars in the center of the altar representing the seven sacraments instituted by Christ. Open Monday to Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00 in winter and from 9.00 to 18.00 in the summer.


Chapel of St. Joseph – in honor of St. Joseph, this was built in 1924 by Dr. Alfredo Ferreira Júnior Nobrega in the parish of Camacha, which had built in honor of his brother who died very young and currently is in charge of the Sisters Franciscan of Our Lady of Victories. Being well preserved, this chapel contains a high-mor beautiful and is considered Madeira.


Chapel of Mother of God – is one of the oldest Marian temples of Madeira, built in 1536, has a Manueline style of architecture, with the cross of Christ on top and a rosette on the facade. It is currently classified as a Public Interest. Its chapel is crowned with battlements, the Mannerist altarpiece has a structure of white and gilt framed with paintings on board the Portuguese school painter Diogo Contreiras since the shrine is decorated with the chalice and the Eucharistic Host, in Neo-Platonic vision of the Mystery of the Consecration.


Clock Coffee – Camacha, this has gained fame for its tower with a bell and a clock of the Parish Church of Walton, Liverpool, being a benchmark for this parish. The quaint cafe was opened in 1896 by Dr. Michael Grabham order in your Quinta da Camacha. In this coffee is also the Crafts Factory, the wickers bazaar and an inn. It is open Monday to Sunday from 9.00 to 19.00, closing the 25th of December.

Teleferico do Garajau

Cable car Garajau – in 2007, opened in the area of Ponta do Garajau, this cable car, along with the Christ the King statue a means of transport that allows access to the beach of Garajau in a beach area with a small cafe and a center. diving, which makes known the Navy Garajau Reserve. This works in the summer from Monday to Sunday from 10h00 to 20h00.