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Pilgrimages are distinguished from other religious festivals by the character of pilgrimage, the route taken by the faithful, the “pilgrims”, to the sanctuary where the festival is celebrated, on...

Amália Rodrigues starred in several seasons of Fado at Café Luso between 1947 and 1950. It was around this time, and in the same place, that Maximiano de Sousa met her, she who was already a star in...

Casino Monumental was one of the Funchal’s night last century references of the 20s and 30s. In 1926, it was announced that the entertainment space was open every day from 3:00 pm to 1:00 am with...

In 1946 the Madeiran Music Academy opened its doors, an institution that definitively brought artistic teaching to Madeira, based on notable teachers and concert players, most of whom belonged to...

The John Dos Passos Cultural Center joins today, September 28, 2020, to so many other institutions around the world dedicated to the study and dissemination of this writer, who gave his name to...

In the 1950s, many Madeiran musicians received several proposals for work outside Madeira. In the casinos and hotels of the Portuguese continent (“Figueira da Foz”, “Cúria”, “Espinho”,...

 They may have a remote origin in the biblical theme “Josué and Caleb bringing grapes and other fruits from the Promised Land”, also called “Return of those sent to the land of Canaan”, as they...

In the first barracks, Drummond's weapons are on the gold field with three wavy red stripes. In the second, the Menezes gold field with a covered ring and a robin. In the third, the “Monizes” in a...

The “Baile da Meia Volta” is the oldest musical and cultural reference in Porto Santo. It is also, a traditional genre, and few know it, prior to “Charamba”, “Mourisca” and “Bailinho da Ilha da...

 An historic wine that scents and rejoices the soil, product of primitive grape variety, blood of race to perpetuate on the island, the name of Portugal. This wine was a companion to the...

Tony Amaral (1910 -1975) began his professional life as a pianist in the ballroom dance classes, of the teachers Eugénia Rego and Helena Pinto Coelho, in 1929. This experience gave him the...

The construction of Quinta de S. Christovam begins in the year 1690 and ends in 1692, a date engraved on the stonework of the chapel's door, and asserts itself as a traditional wealthy Madeiran...

Libertino Lopes, was the co-author of the song “Porto Santo”. An advertising jingle that became Song. Libertino Lopes was one of the leading exponents of the Madeiran musical night in the 1950s....

It is a French origin game, which today we only watch it in the cinema or on television, when we are told stories from ancient times. That game still exists at “Solar de São Cristóvão”. All it...

It was inaugurated on July 1, Day of the “Região Autónoma da Madeira” and Madeiran Communities, in the present year of 2020. Its author is the Madeiran sculptor Amândio de Sousa (Funchal, 1934). It...

Did you know that on September 18, 1938, the verses that originated the “Bailinho da Madeira” were sung for the first time? On the 18th and 19th of September the “I Festa da Vindima” took place...

  The “dough dolls” were edible figures, made with wheat flour (dough) and were traditionally sold in our tradicional festivals (“arraiais”). The doll couple symbolizes union and,...

Popularly known as “São João”, his birth feast is celebrated on June 24, making him the only saint in which the birth anniversary is celebrated. As “Santo Popular” lives up to its name by being...

Did you know that in São João plants acquire “special virtues”? In ancient agrarian societies, fertility rituals were practiced in all seasons, associated with various superstitions. Many of...

Born on June 22, 1952 in Santa Luzia, Funchal. He started his musical practices at the age of 8 with his mother, learning to play the piano and then with his father, Portuguese guitar and accordion....

It was sent to paint a picture for the “São Cristóvão” chapel that still exists today on the altar. It represents a gigantic “São Cristóvão”, whose eyes always fix us wherever we are in the chapel...

  It is celebrated sixty days after Easter Sunday, being a moving feast, and symbolizes the cult of the Blessed Sacrament (Eucharist). It was instituted by Pope Urbano IV in 1264, originating...

  The Baby Jesus in his arms: it means that each person who had the help of “São Cristovão”, is a part of Jesus, because the Messiah has always had a lot of love for everyone. That is why...

In 1854, a French photographer named André Disdéri (1819-1889) patented a new type of presentation of the photographic image, based on the process of wet collodion, called “Carte de Visite”...

In 1961, in one of the many parties to which Max was invited to perform in Lisbon, he would have suggested in a conversation to one of the guests, the Minister of the Army (Brigadeiro Mário Silva),...

Also known for the Tojo pier, it was built in 1848 by the Ponta do Sol City Council, according to a project by the engineer captain Tibério Augusto Blanc. It was opened on September 9, 1849. Due to...

Since the 17th century, at the end of May or at the beginning of June, pilgrimages and parties take place in Machico in honor of São Cristóvão, the patron saint of drivers and travelers. Genuine...

The furniture collection of the “Museu Quinta das Cruzes”, consisting of 371 pieces, is quite diverse, both in typological and chronological terms, and in its origin. In this collection, furniture...

Did you know that? In the past, it was necessary to "muffle the houses"? Built in wood, triangular in shape and covered with “thatched” (“colmo”) roof, these traditional houses maintain their...

This is a festival that differs from the others held in the Madeira Archipelago as it is a festival dedicated to Saint Anthony in the middle of September, when the festivals for this saint take...

It is composed of a set of 307 pieces, mostly of a religious nature, the Sculpture collection of the “Museu Quinta das Cruzes” testifies not only to the widespread ability of Sculpture in Portugal...

Early experiments in colour photography date back to 1868 with the contributions of Louis Ducos du Hauron (1837-1920), although they were not used commercially or industrially. It was only via the...

Since his earliest childhood, John Paul II wanted to visit Madeira? “I want to visit Madeira”, he said at one point to Teodoro de Faria, the Bishop of Funchal. In fact, John Paul II, the only pope...

Was the firstborn son of the painter Joaquim Manuel da Rocha? At 25, he enrolled with his brother João Francisco da Rocha at the Public Class of Drawing where his father was a teacher. He...

Do you know that? The Universe of Memories opened to the public in 2003 to exhibit a collection, donated to the Region, by the Madeiran João Carlos Abreu? They are MEMORIES... Because collecting is...

No other space in the house has undergone as many changes in functionality as the kitchen. This went from being a multifunctional space, where daily activities related to food, hygiene and living...

The town of Machico is the most historic place in Madeira, and one of the most notable in all of Portugal. It was here where Zarco and Tristão Vaz landed, making the island Portuguese territory. It...

Between 1839 and 1880, taking photographic images was only available to professionals or advanced enthusiasts, as it was an expensive and complex process. Not only did it imply mastering the...

Opened at the end of July 2019, specifically with the exhibition of 22 emerging talents in the field of visual arts from the island of Madeira? This group exhibition entitled “Em Viagem” [On the...

Or magic lantern, is a device for projecting translucent images coloured by hand on glass, which dates back to the 17th century? It was a precursor to the slide projector and cinema, having...

A stereogram is a pair of almost identical images, which overlap when viewed through a binocular display built for that purpose (stereoscope), this way transmitting the sensation of...

Gabriela Helena da Câmara Leme Escórcio Gouveia de Bettencourt (mother of Carlos Cristóvão) also dedicated herself to poetry, having published this unique sonnet “Pico do Facho” in “Musa...

The end of the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th century were noticeable by a succession of inventions that altered the daily lives of populations? Just as the invention of the...

“There is a place, on our Madeira Island, to which, almost all members of our family, dedicated a very special predilection. It is “Santo António da Serra”, which everyone abbreviated to “Santo da...

Was famous for her long hair? It is said to reach the ground, despite her being tall. The family tradition has it that she was also very beautiful and elegant. This lady had the honour of dancing...

Was born on 26 October 1818 in Lisbon, in the parish of Ajuda? From an early age, the painter showed an inclination towards design, becoming a practising artist at the Natural History Museum, where...

Romanticism, a movement that influenced various artistic and cultural manifestations at the end of the 18th century and during the 19th century, is characterised by the rejection of rules, the quest...

Since the Manor and the chapel were built, parents have confided to their children, generation after generation, that the founder had left behind the necessary amount of money, hidden in an unknown...

The construction of the Quinta Magnólia was ordered in the first half of the 19th century by J. Howard March, a wealthy merchant from Funchal? Although he claimed to be English, March appears...

The Contemporary Documentation Room was established in Rua dos Ferreiros by Sara Maria de Portugal. In 1982 it became part of the Legal Deposit of publications, under Decree-Law No. 74/82, of 03...

Frederico Augusto de Freitas, the son of Cândido Galhardo de Freitas and Adelaide Augusta da Cunha, was born on 15 December 1894. He attended the Liceu do Funchal and studied Law at the...

The Golden Hall of the Calçada Palace, owned by the Counts of Calçada, the Ornelas de França Carvalhal Frazão Figueiroa family, was a formal area that preceded the Great...

Maria Isabel Esmeraldo da Câmara Leme bestowed the manor to the son of Francisco Pedro de Bettencourt and his wife and cousin, Gabriela Helena da Câmara Leme Escórcio Gouveia de...

At the end of the 17th century, “Quinta das Cruzes” had its first major transformations, when it came into possession of a distinguished family - the Lomelino. The origin of this family goes back to...

Did you know that at the “Museu Quinta das Cruzes” there is a whole range of work that is not always visible to those who come visit us? The conservation works, the cleaning of parts and spaces,...

Did you know that this festival has a pagan origin and later being adapted by Christianity? In ancient Rome, february was the official month of Spring beginning. The fertility of the land was...

“Balamento” or “belamente”, as it is popularly called, is a traditional Madeiran game, which takes place between two people, 8 to 10 days before the end of Easter and is one of the traditions that...

Did you know that St. Christopher is the patron saint of drivers and travellers? His name means the "Christ-bearer." According to legend, St. Christopher was a tall and very strong man who...

 In rural areas, it was common at this period for children to make hats with the leaves of the so-called “horse legs” (farfugium japonicum 'Giganteum'), a plant that abounded in backyards and...

“Tremoços” (Lupins) are seeds of fabaceous plants, marked as “tremoceiros” (Lupines) (especially “common lupines” - Lupinus albus L.), belonging to the genus Lupinus. These plants are used in...

The Chapel of “Nossa Senhora da Ajuda”, established by António Favila, noble knight of Casa d'el Rei and D. Maria de Vasconcelos, great-granddaughter of João Gonçalves Zarco, in the first half of...

In the image we can see Hawaiian women playing “Braguinha” (the smallest cordophone with 4 strings) and “Rajão” (5 strings) (photo from 1890). These instruments were taken to those islands in the...

Do you know that? Without too much exaggeration, it can be said that you can go around the world by walking through the “Mercado dos Lavradores”, ex-libris of the City of Funchal and even the...

Do you know that? In the building of the “Museu Etnográfico da Madeira”, a sunny house from the 17th century, the “Ribeira Brava Distillery Factory” was installed in the 19th century and that due to...

Do you know that? In Madeira, a crib (Native Scene) is called "lapinha". The etymological origin of the word derives from the “Lapa de Belém”, where is represented the birth of the Baby Jesus. The...

There are old references about the “Christmas Masses” on the island of Madeira, which may include the “Missas do Parto”, the “Missa do Galo” and the Christmas day mass (“Missa de Natal”). For these...

Do you know that? At “Casa da Calçada”, today the “Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas”, it was not a tradition to set up the Christmas tree? Although there is no Christmas tree, Dr. Frederico de...

Do you know that? The “borracho” or “odre” (wineskin), made from goatskin, was the method used to transport the grape must? This artefact is one of the few components of wine making, typically...

From various amateur musical practices existing in Madeira, the philharmonic bands represent the most visible slice of the associative, musical and cultural spirit, which was first founded in...

The John Dos Passos Cultural Centre was inaugurated on 20 September 2004, in a ceremony chaired by the President of the Regional Government of Madeira and attended by Lucy Dos Passos Coggin,...

In the past, it was common to hear through the city, the long sound of the whistle of the so-called “scissors sharpeners”, when they walked the streets, looking for customers. In the past century,...

A rare example of stately architecture, this manor house has undergone some transformations, the result of the changing of the times. Sanitary facilities, a studio, a library and bedrooms were all...

The 19th century brought the enchantment of Romanticism, evidenced through the new conception of garden spaces, in the construction of flowerbeds, cobbled paths in stone, fountains in “fajôco”...

Did you that the Funchal District Band was popularly known as the “Guerrillas”? Between the 1950s and 1970s, it was common for members of this philharmonic band to dress themselves up...

Do you know that? The tiles in the crown of Funchal’s Cathedral are among the oldest placed on the island? Portugal started to import tiles from Spain in the 15th century, during the reign of D....