São Lourenço Palace Museum Centre
European and Portuguese decorative arts and royal portraits make up the São Lourenço Palace museum, a 15th century fortress classifyed national monument in 1943.
This building was the residence of the Captain-Donees of Funchal up to the Philippine period, headquarters of the permanent Castilian force on this island until 1640, residence of Captain-General Governors, which title remained until the establishment of the constitutional government in 1834. After 1835, the archipelago of Madeira was administered by Civil Governors.
São Lourenço Palace was classified as a National Monument in 1943.
From the institution of the autonomic system in 1976, the area formerly occupied by the Civil Governor became the official residence of the Representative of the Republic for the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
The rooms present decorative sets, like decorative arts both European and Portuguese, originals from the old Palace itself or transferred from the National Palace, from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The gallery of royal portraits is equally interesting. It is also important to mention the portrait of D. João VI, painted by Joaquim Leonardo da Rocha, who was very active in Madeira.
Monday: 2.30pm: Tuesday and Wednesday: 10am; Thursday: 10am and 2pm; Friday: 3pm
Weekends and Public Holidays