My visit to St John the Baptist of Pico Fort was not planned I just came upon it by chance. It is situated overlooking Funchal but beware one has to walk up a very steep hill to find this treasure. The afternoon that I visited it I could not find anyone to get information about the fort or pay an entrance fee if required. I just wandered about the grounds and took some photographs undisturbed. The museum was closed at the time of my visit but I enjoyed viewing the historical fortress outside, the draw bridge and the ancient thick walls.
I discovered after my visit that St John the Baptist Fort, also known as Pico or São João do Pico Fortress, was part of the Funchal city defences against attack by pirates. It is thought to have originally been the eastern gate of the city, which was converted into a fort in the first half of the 17th century.
It is occupied by the Portuguese Navy. My visit was enjoyable, the views are great, I would certainly recommend it.
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