Cathedral of Funchal

Coordinates: 32°38′54″N 16°54′30″W / 32.648333°N 16.908333°W / 32.648333; -16.908333

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption

Façade of the Cathedral
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption
32°38′54″N 16°54′30″W / 32.648333°N 16.908333°W / 32.648333; -16.908333
Location Portugal, Madeira, Funchal
Country Portugal
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website Cathedral of Funchal,
Dedicated 1514
Archdiocese Patriarchate of Lisbon
Diocese Diocese of Funchal
Province Patriarchate of Lisbon
Archbishop Dom Manuel Clemente
Bishop(s) António José Cavaco Carrilho

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption (Portuguese: Sé Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Assunção) in , Funchal, Madeira, Portugal is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Funchal, which encompasses all of the Autonomous Region of Madeira. The late fifteenth-century cathedral is one of the few structures that survives virtually intact since the early period of colonization of Madeira. The patron of the cathedral is Our Lady of the Assumption (Portuguese: Nossa Senhora da Assunção.[1])

Design and artwork

The cathedral is designed in a Gothic style and has three naves. The roof of the cathedral features a Mudéjar-inspired design and is of cedar wood. The exterior walls are made of stone from Cabo Girão.[2]

The cathedral contains a silver processional cross, donated by King Manuel I of Portugal, considered one of the masterpieces of precious metalwork of Manueline Portugal.

A statue of Pope John Paul II is located outside the cathedral, which was moved to its current position after formerly being installed in the urban area of Funchal adjacent to the waterfront.


During the 1490s, Manuel I sent architect Pêro Anes or Gil Enes to work on the design of the cathedral of Funchal. The cathedral was structurally complete in 1514. Prior to completion, however, by 1508, when Funchal was elevated to the status of a city, the cathedral was already being used for the celebration of Mass. The spire of the bell tower and a few additional details were finalized in 1517-1518.[3]


  1. Diocese do Funchal (official site in Portuguese).
  2. Diocese do Funchal (official site in Portuguese).
  3. Since to this diocese were submitted all new lands discovered by Portuguese in America, it became, for some years, the biggest catholic diocese in the world. Diocese do Funchal (official site in Portuguese).
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