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Santo Amaro Historic Centre - Captain’s Tower
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Santo Amaro Historic Centre - Captain’s Tower

There are several buildings that comprise the Historic Centre of Santo Amaro: the Captain’s Tower, the Chapel of Santo Amaro, the House of the Romeiros and the newly constructed building.

The Captain's Tower is the oldest building of military character in Madeira. It is an interesting monument with medieval traces. It represents the most archaic masonry building made by Europeans outside Europe.

The Chapel of Santo Amaro is one few buildings from the fifteenth century that remain on the island, despite having undergone profound changes over the course of centuries and having survived a fire that destroyed its whole contents. From its estate a stained glass window by Pedro Calapez and a Table Altar by the sculptor Rui Sanchesap, stand out.

Once a busy centre of pilgrimage in honour of Santo Amaro, it is associated with many experiences of religious nature. The infrastructure has undergone restoration with the reception or gatehouse and a shop.

Currently this old building is also equipped with an exhibition space, a new building with two distinct areas: functional (services) and the other for exhibitions covering themes of the discovery and settlement of Madeira in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

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