Madeira

Funchal Churches - the Convent Church of Santa Clara


The burial place of João Gonçalves


The convent church is a simple white building with a square tower topped with coloured tiles.

Santa Clara Convent Church, Funchal

The interior is a wonderful example of Baroque splendour. Wall are covered with C18th blue, yellow and white azulejo tiles. There is a lovely painted ceiling
 
Santa Clara Convent Church, Funchal

At the back are the metal grilles of the two choirs that separated the nuns from the congregation during services.
 
Santa Clara Convent Church, Funchal

The high altar is set beneath an arch and is flanked by two side altars.

Santa Clara Convent Church, Funchal

In the centre is a C20th painting of the Assumption of the Virgin. The wonderful silver tabernacle was made by Madeiran goldsmiths in 1671.

Santa Clara Convent Church, Funchal       Santa Clara Convent Church, Funchal

There are more altars in niches along the sides of the nave wall.

Santa Clara Convent Church, Funchal

João Gonçalves is thought to be buried in the chancel

Santa Clara Convent Church, Funchal

The family tomb is at the back of the church near the door.

Santa Clara Convent Church, Funchal

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