RESTORATION OF THE MUDEJAR CEILINGS OF THE FUNCHAL CATHEDRAL

RESTORATION OF THE MUDEJAR CEILINGS OF THE FUNCHAL CATHEDRAL
The Funchal Cathedral, considered one of the architectural jewels of Manueline art at national level, recently underwent a conservation and restoration intervention of the Mudejar ceilings of the naves and transepts. The Regional Secretariat for Tourism and Culture, in partnership with the Regional Directorate for Culture, was the entity responsible for these works.
The Funchal Cathedral, considered one of the architectural jewels of Manueline art at national level, recently underwent a conservation and restoration intervention of the Mudejar ceilings of the naves and transepts. The Regional Secretariat for Tourism and Culture, in partnership with the Regional Directorate for Culture, was the entity responsible for these works.
 
This intervention aimed to preserve the integrity and authenticity of this magnificent work of art, one of the ex-libris of the Region’s cultural heritage, with the restoration works taking into account the respect for the original materials and techniques, as well as the use of materials in harmony with its original architectural design, with the project being carried out by the company/atelier - SAMTHIAGO®.
 
The Mudejar ceiling of the Funchal Cathedral, which was conceived by the “master builder” - Pêro Anes, covers an area of over 1,500 m2, and is considered the largest work of its kind in Portugal and perhaps in Europe, as well as one of the most complex structures in alfarge work, built in cedar wood of insular origin (Juniperus maderensis).
 
Classified as a National Monument since 1910, the Funchal Cathedral is considered to be the main religious temple of the Archipelago, built by order of Manuel I, King of Portugal. Its construction began in 1493, under the supervision of the head mason Gil Enes, being officially terminated in 1514, however still undergoing finishing touches until 1517. It is one of the few buildings that has survived intact since the times of the settlement.
 
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