Itinerary

Patrimony Guide

The Santo António Patrimony Guide allows you to know the parish major historical landmarks.

Length

15,0 km

Duration

2 hour(s)

Our visit begins at Santo António Church. The original temple dates back to the 16th century, but has undergone several changes over time. The temple is built in Rococo style, adorned with gilded carvings and ostentatious decorations. From there head up to Pico dos Barcelos Cross, inaugurated on November 24, 1940 for the celebrations of Portugal’s Foundation and Restoration Centennial. Continue your visit at Santo Amaro Chapel, one of the parish oldest chapels built in 1460 by Garcia Homem de Sousa. Just a few meters away from the chapel you will find the Captain's Tower built in the mid-15th century also by Garcia Homem de Sousa. This tower is the oldest military building known in Madeira island. Continue towards Santo Amaro Church built in 2000 with the help of the local population, a project signed by Architect João Cunha Paredes. Continue in direction of Nossa Senhora da Graça Church inaugurated in 2004. From there continue following the road until you reach São João de Deus Chapel. Built in the 19th century, in 1933, gave place to a new temple. Go up towards Santo António Monastery built in 1971 in a house that belonged to Mother Virginia Brites da Paixão family. Proceed to the Nossa Senhora da Visitação Church. Dated from 1964 was successively improved and grew over the years. Now go down the road and reach Solar do Leme, a manor-style building built in 1536 and one of the oldest “morgadios” of the parish. Continue to Alamos Church, a modern architecture temple. The tour ends at Quinta Josefina built in 1866. This estate belonged to an important family known for their connection to literature and arts.

Location:

Freguesia de Santo António

Type:

Patrimony

Direction:

Circular

Movement:

Car

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