Madeira and its landmarks

Madeira and its Landmarks: part 8

Our Lady of the Mountain

Home to a beautiful set of botanical gardens, Nossa Senhora do Monte is found North West of Funchal in Madeira, Portugal.

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View of Madeira from the church at Our Lady of the Mountain

My last post on Madeira featured some of the sights around the park that is found at the foot of the main church. You can take a look by clicking {here}.

We took the cable car up to this beautiful vista on this occasion. Earlier in our trip, we walked the streets on Christmas Day in Madeira. This made for a quieter, secluded, and much more romantic tour of the area as very few people were around.

This second visit was taken closer to the end of our trip- when the days were becoming half filled with rain. Fortunately, we arrived to the Mountain after the rain had passed.

The main purpose of our second trip was to explore the gorgeous 19th century white limestone church located at the top of the mountain. This church has significance because it is the resting place of the exiled Hapsburg King Charles I (nephew of Franz Ferdinand) and his wife Zita.

 

The flight of stairs leading up to the church was exhilarating!

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Statue of Charles I

We did not stay for the church service that was about to begin. I was happy to have climbed my way to the top of the mountain to enter the church vestibule, but I would have fallen asleep if I tried to sit through a church service at 8 months pregnant.

So we enjoyed the views from the courtyard, and just admired the beauty of creation from afar.

 

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It is easy to see why I left my heart here in Madeira.

Read more stories and photos from Madeira, Portugal by Stephanie by clicking the following links!

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 7

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 6

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 5

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 4

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 3

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 2

Madeira and its Landmarks

 

 

Madeira and its Landmarks

PART FIVE A VISIT TO MACHICO

Machico was the original capital of the island in the early days of its settlement. It was first settled in 1491. As I understand it, Machico was only favoured until they discovered Funchal, which is about 20 minutes or 17 kilometres further West.

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In the town square, you can see an old public water fountain circa 1929. The architecture shows evidence of Machico being a very old city, and much of the streets are cobble stone, and feature a rustic look.

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The large mountains act as a protector of the small town.

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A small feline Machiquenise resident of the town of Machico.

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A bridge crossing a creek in the town. The creek leads to the ocean and beach area.

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An East facing view of the town. As you can see, there are mountains in the East and West of the town, with the beach at the southern tip.

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The southern tip of Machico- the beach with imported sand. During the winter months, the locals are rarely at any beach as they describe 20 degree Celsius weather as “too cold”. Most of the people here are all tourists from colder regions. Regardless of the temperature, the view is lovely.

NEXT: PART SIX FAVOURITE VIEWS OF MACHICO, MADEIRA