São Pedro was established in 1595 and quickly became one of the most populous parishes of Funchal and a favorite of the island’s wealthier families.
Among the cobbled streets and old buildings, the parish hosts several museums that are worth a visit. For those who appreciate art, São Pedro Church, dating from the sixteenth century, is a must see. The rich architecture, with a mannerist entrance and a gorgeous set of tiles from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that leaves nobody unmoved. Then you can visit the Funchal Municipal Museum or the Natural History Museum, located in an urban baroque palace, where the Counts of Carvalhal lived in the nineteenth century.
A journey through history continues with a visit to the House Museum Frederico de Freitas, with its romantic architecture, and the Quinta das Cruzes Museum, located in a baroque-style manor, where the second captain of Funchal lived. In the former house and studio of Vicente Gomes da Silva, who was a pioneer of photography in Portugal, it is possible to visit the Museum of Photography Vicentes. Then it is recommended to climb up to the Fort of São João Baptista, a fortress with beautiful views of the city of Funchal.
The Convent of Santa Clara is located in the area. It was built in the late sixteenth century by the second captain of Madeira, João Gonçalves da Câmara. It is an important historical monument that is well worth a visit.