Santa Clara Church

Dating from the 15th century, the Santa Clara church was commissioned by João Gonçalves Zarco, the discoverer of Madeira and first Donatary Captain of Funchal. It was enlarged, at the end of that century to become part of the Convent of Santa Clara, and therefore has artistic and architectural elements of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.

Preserved from the original building are the Gothic portal in marble of two archivolts and the tomb of Martim Mendes Vasconcelos, who died in 1493. Noteworthy are the 17th century silver tabernacle, wrought in 1671 by Madeiran goldsmiths, the decorative painting of the church and the coating with polychrome rug patterns.