Cathedral Se, Funchal

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One of Madeira's few surviving colonial-era churches, Cathedral Se serves as an intact example of Portuguese Gothic architecture. Visit the cathedral, opened in 1514, and admire its squat, sturdy construction featuring a bell tower and wide, arched doorway. You can wander the building's three interior naves, which are full of ornate wooden furniture and carvings and which feature a vaulted, wooden ceiling. You'll find that the backs of the chairs are themselves are adorned with depictions of religious figures. Don't miss seeing the silver cross of King Manuel, one of the best-preserved and most well-regarded pieces of its kind from that era in Portugal's history. Use our Funchal online day trip planner to visit Cathedral Se on your trip to Funchal, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 19, 2017
    The cathedral looks plain from outside, nice inside. Quite dark but nicely decorated. It has great cedar wood ceilings, really architectural phenomenon.  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Free to enter, beautiful interior - well worth a walk round. Donations accepted. Chill and enjoy the ambiance.  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    What can I say? A not spectacular cathedral in a not spectacular town. Go there to kill time and at your own risk.  more »
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  • What a location to be! Great if you want to be in the heart of the city.
  • It's placed in the old zone near the Atlantic Ocean and an the Catedral Albergheria. The staff îs very polite and very effecient ready to satisfy all the demands of the clients. From the hotel terasse on the 5 floor there is a panoramic vistaview of a large area of the town. The services are functioning excellenty.
  • Lovely place around!
  • Cosy place, with a great panoramic view open to all guests on the top floor.
  • Well worth the effort

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