Madeira

Funchal Churches - Igreja do Socoro


In the old town and with fewer visitors


The church is at the far end of Rua Santa Maria and away from the tourist restaurants. It gets its name from the small square it is built beside. It is a typical black and white Madeiran church with dark basalt corner edging, door and window surrounds, Above the door is a white marble statue of Our Lady. Reached up a short flight of steps, it is a large church and almost impossible to photograph with trees in front of it. Although not easily seen from the front of the church, the square white tower is a prominent landmark from the waterfront.

Igreja do Socorro, Funchal

The church was built in 1768, replacing an earlier church that was heavily damaged in an earthquake. Only the carved doors survive.

Igreja do Socorro, Funchal

The inside of it church is very dark as there are only two small windows above the door and a modern stained glass window in the chancel. It is lit by two electric lights at the back of the church and a floodlight in the chancel.

It is a simple church with a nave and chancel and a small balcony above the door.

Igreja do Socorro, Funchal

The tile lined baptistry is in an alcove at the back of the church.

Igreja do Socorro, Funchal


The plaster walls have large gilt framed pictures as well smaller paintings of the stations of the cross. The nave ceiling is painted and chandeliers hang from it.

Igreja do Socorro, Funchal

There is an elaborate painted wall pulpit and a small statue of the Virgin in a display case.

Igreja do Socorro, Funchal            Igreja do Socorro, Funchal

The chancel ceiling is also painted and a massive Baroque altar with an impressive tabernacle, takes up all of the east wall

Igreja do Socorro, Funchal

Igreja do Socorro, Funchal

There are smaller altars on either side of the chancel arch.

Igreja do Socorro, Funchal     Igreja do Socorro, Funchal

The bottom of the chancel walls are covered with picture azulejo tiles.

Igreja do Socorro, Funchal

The modern stained glass window in the chancel is one of the few examples of stained glass in a Madeiran church.

Igreja do Socorro, Funchal

This is an attractive church well away from the bustle of tourist Funchal.

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