São Lourenço Palace Museum Centre

By order of D. Manuel I, King of Portugal, it was decided to build a fortress in 1513, which was completed in the Philippine period. The name "São Lourenço Palace" refers to a monumental ensemble embracing the Fortress and the Palace itself, which comprises the halls of the main floor, dating from the last quarter of the 18th century, as well as the gardens.

This building was the residence of the Captain-Donees of Funchal up to the Philippine period, headquarters of the permanent Castilian force on this island until 1640, residence of Captain-General Governors, which title remained until the establishment of the constitutional government in 1834. After 1835, the archipelago of Madeira was administered by Civil Governors.

São Lourenço Palace was classified as a National Monument in 1943.

From the institution of the autonomic system in 1976, the area formerly occupied by the Civil Governor became the official residence of the Representative of the Republic for the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The rooms present decorative sets, like decorative arts both European and Portuguese, originals from the old Palace itself or transferred from the National Palace, from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The gallery of royal portraits is equally interesting. It is also important to mention the portrait of D. João VI, painted by Joaquim Leonardo da Rocha, who was very active in Madeira.