We got in on our second attempt due to lots of services. Well worth a look but sadly where the leaflets should have been there were none!
This is firstly a church, nothing like a Sistine chapel to be sure, but with its own beauty and it feels like a holy place. We arrived at 11 and mass was 11.15 so the place was busy. We sat through mass although not Catholic we are Christian. This showed the Cathedral the way it should be. Don't expect an... More
Very nice place to visit just don't expect to be able to lite a candle the VERY IGNORANT woman there when asked if my wife could buy a candle to lite for departed family she just tapped a sign that gave times when you were allowed to buy and lite one so we went back 20 minutes before the time... More
Reading up on the history of this Cathedral made me really appreciate its importance as one of the few building to have survived since the early colonisation of the Island. Unlike most Catholic churches, the Cathedral is modest in its interior adornments creating a more spiritual feel. The exterior architecture is also unusual. Before visiting, it's advisable to check the... More
Right in the middle of Funchal, not as ornate as some of the other churches we saw on the island but you could ` feel` the history as you walked around. Not v large but steeped in its heritage.
The bell peals before mass were really unusual. Well worth hearing even if you don't go in. We attended a tourist mass which had some readings in English and German with a sizeable choir. Cathedral seems to close in the afternoons, so check opening times if you plan to visit.
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