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    Rua da Alfândega is one of the oldest streets of the city and goes across Funchal between Palácio São Lourenço and Rampa do Cidrão, near ribeira de Santa Luzia. It is parallel to Avenida do Mar e das Comunidades Madeirenses and to Rua dos Murças, and it had an important role in the culture of the city, throughout the centuries.

    In Rua da Alfândega existed an important “English Club”, founded in 1832, which was a place, between the two buildings of the Blandy family, where English people looked for literature. There, we could find around two thousand titles which would satisfy the hunger for literature of the English travelers and of the people who lived around here. The access was very strict, and it had a six month’s fee of 15 dollars.

    Playing cards and snooker were other offers of the club, which was also sought by people who wanted to know the latest “news” in the English newspapers, which were available there.

    For many years, Rua da Alfândega was the heardquarters of Diário de Notícias of Madeira (Madeira’s Newspaper), which is based today in Rua Dr. Fernão de Ornelas. Throughout the years, this street was the favorite spot for furniture shops, because it was a passing by street for many madeirans.

    Today, in that street, there is one of the Lojas com História (History Shops) and a Barbearia Turista (Tourist Barber), both are worth a visit.

    The street, which comes across Rua António José de Almeida, Rua dos Capelistas, Rua do Sabão, Rua do Esmeraldo and Rua dos Tanoeiros, goes beyond the city doors, at Largo dos Varadouros and ends at Rampa do Cidrão, where there is a fountain that draws the attention of who passes by, for the beauty of its construction. It was recently recovered by Funchal City Council.

    For centuries, Funchal’s Customs House was situated, between Rua António José de Almeida and Rua dos Capelistas, in a magnificent building, which market the 500 years celebration in December 2019. Nowadays, this same building, is the headquarters of the Assembleia Legislativa da Região Autónoma da Madeira, the first government body of the Region. Next to that building, is one of the most important monuments of the city, Capela de Santo António.




    banner Funchal, the capital of the Madeira archipelago, was declared a city in the 1500s, and became an important point between the old and new worlds. The laid-back city owes much of its historical prominence to the white gold, the Madeiran sugar. Today Funchal is known for its appealing temperatures, wine and crafts. Top spots to visit include the open Worker's Market, Blandy's Wine Lodge and the Sacred Art Museum. Friendly locals, walkable streets and cheap taxis make the city easy to get around. SEE ON TRIPADVISORseta Mapa Turístico do Funchal

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