Mother Church of Saint Benedict

Built in the sixteenth century, originating from the small fifteenth-century chapel of the Mother Church of Ribeira Brava, or Saint Benedict, situated in the town centre, it underwent various modifications over time and thus displays Manueline, Mannerist and Baroque features.
It offers a rich and varied collection of paintings, sculptures, jewellery, and gilded woodcarvings from the 16th and 17th centuries, making it one of the most important heritage collections in the region, having been exhibited at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels.
Its interior features: magnificent chandeliers; a collection of silverware from the 16th and 17th centuries; a monumental image of Our Lady of the Rosary, a Flemish production from circa 1520; and panels of Flemish origin representing the Virgin and child flanked by Saint Benedict and Saint Bernard. The chancel is dominated by a magnificent polychrome altarpiece with gilded woodcarvings from the late seventeenth century.
Its patron saint is Saint Benedict and the feast in his honour is celebrated on 21st March.