São Salvador Church

The Santa Cruz Mother Church, dedicated to São Salvador, resulted from the restoration of the Capela das Almas [Chapel of Souls] in the 17th century. The initial construction was ordered by D. Manuel I, upon request of João de Freitas, a member of the Royal House.
This church of a gothic manueline style temple has three naves, a manueline bell tower crowned with a Cross of Christ, a gothic portal and rose window. Inside it presents baroque and neoclassic gilt woodwork altarpieces and traces of paintings on the pillars.
The São Salvador Church is the second largest church on the island.