In the 16th century, the arrivals of the French corsairs (Calvinists) and the Jesuits (Catholics) transformed Madeira. The Portuguese Crown, along with the Catholic Church, became concerned that the Protestants could interfere with the religious devotion of the inhabitants and established strong religious orders to supervise and prevent the spread of other religions.

The Jesuits church in Madeira played an important role, helping promote and further their interests, through art and architecture.

Its sober exterior hides precious golden chapels on the inside. The art experts mention the Jesuits church in Madeira, as the National Treasury for the Portuguese gilded wood carvings.

The play of light on the trompe l’oeil false-perspectives, the wooden painted ceiling and the decorative elements of different styles such as Neoclassical, Mannerism and Baroque makes it a key monument of Portugal’s history.

For the intellectual and curious travellers.

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 Marla Castro (Official Tourist Guide)

Photo courtesy of Marla Castro