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One of the best-preserved examples of Portuguese fortification in the centre of Funchal

Funchal’s first fortress was only built in the years 1529 to 1540. Cannons were placed only on the... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2018
Budapest, Hungary

Beautiful building that houses the small military museum. Interesting history about the... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Avenida Zarco, Funchal, Madeira 9000-069, Portugal
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Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

Came out the military museum And was only trying to work out the times this was open , lady was so rude won’t try going back

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Aircraft123
Reviewed 30 June 2018

Funchal’s first fortress was only built in the years 1529 to 1540. Cannons were placed only on the sea side of the old tower erected in 1540, so the French pirates attacking from the land could easily occupy in 1566. Later according to plans by...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 27 January 2018

Ten of us ( a disparut group of folk from Europe) visited yesterday and we were all very impressed and humbled. The red room to me was the best but the green room the most strange as one would never expect to eat in a...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

We spent 30 or 40 minutes in this small museum which comprises exhibits in 3 separate rooms. The first room covers the years of early exploration by Portuguese seafarers e.g. Vasco da Gama, the second room the period up to about the end of the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Brucestewart
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Beautiful building that houses the small military museum. Interesting history about the Island. Reasonable cost at 3 euros for adults no charge for children. Kids were fascinated with the young guardsman marching with the two swords. A short visit but enjoyable.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank ering739
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Having checked the palace's official website I arrived for the 3pm tour on Monday. Unfortunately the times on the palace's website are incorrect. I explained this to the official in charge several times but was simply told that the website must be correct. In fact...More

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 25 January 2017

Visited the Palace(timed visits so check opening times)free guided tours. Have to pay for the Museum but again interesting history of Madeira.(again check opening times) Beautiful old building.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank shroppiefly
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Dull morning so took advantage to visit. Paid a small seniors charge. Quite reasonable. No guide available but this did not detract from the interesting displays and we found the English explanatory cards and displayed text perfectly reasonable. Probably spent an hour within and learned...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank hancockmp
Reviewed 4 July 2016

Funchal got his first “Fortress” in between 1529 and 1540, who has being enlarged after the year 1566. In this moment the Palácio de São Lourenço can be seen as one of the best conserved Model of Portuguese fortress dating from the 15th and 17th...More

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank hans-jaguar
Reviewed 19 March 2016

We went on this free tour round the palace/fort. It was interesting but the guide did not appear to speak much English so you were just given an A4 piece of paper with the information on it and then left to read the info on...More

Date of experience: March 2016
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