GUIDED TOURS OF THE JESUITS’ COLLEGE OF FUNCHAL
Founded in 1569 by royal charter of D. Sebastião and built several years later, the Jesuits’ College of Funchal was the largest building in Madeira Island for centuries.
Having served as a centre of activity for religious, military and civilian institutions, the Jesuits’ College is an architectural display resulting from the refurbishing made my each of its former occupants, with various details of interest in regards to episodes of national and international History. Beyond the architecture, the College holds an impressive collection of furniture and art, a great deal of which was drawn from Quinta do Monte, where Charles I of Habsburg, last emperor of Austria, lived and died.
The Students’ Union, with the support of the University of Madeira, has organized a number of guided tours for visitors. Their mission is the conservation and valorization of assets that, through their historic, artistic, scenic, scientific and social interest, integrate the cultural and architectural patrimony of the city of Funchal.
What is the guided tour and who leads it?
It is the informative accompaniment given by certified guides of the Jesuits’ College services to a group of a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 15. The tours are led in English or in Portuguese.
When does the guided tour take place?
It takes place on Saturdays, at 10 o’clock in the morning, 11:30 and at one o’clock in the afternoon. Each tour has an approximate duration of 50 minutes.
How much does the guided tour cost and where can tickets be bought?
Ingress tickets cost 5 euros for the general public and can be acquired at Gaudeamus – the AAUMa Academic Store – at the entrance of the College. Students and visitors over 65 years of age are entitled to a 25% discount.
May I have a tour scheduled for another day?
As long as it has been booked beforehand and for that purpose, the guided tour may take place at any other day of the week and at definable schedules.
How to make a reservation?
By phone to 291 70 50 60 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesuits’ College of Funchal
Rua dos Ferreiros
Mondays to Fridays: 11:00 AM to 06:00 PM. Closes from 02:00 to 03:00 PM.
Saturdays: 10:00 AM to 02:00 PM, without interruption.