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    Rua dos Ferreiros is one of the biggest streets in Funchal. During the 20th century, it was one of the busiest streets. People who lived in the outskirts of the city passed through it on foot, or by car. According to the place where we circulate, we can find a layout in tar, paved with basalt or with the Portuguese pavement.

    The street, which is distributed by several points of the city, starts at the end of Rua dos Tanoeiros and finishes at Largo Severiano Ferraz, the beginning and the end are 655 meters apart.

    It was known by other names, in the different sections, but today, all make part of the same toponymy. Rua da Ribeira das Casas, Rua das Privadas, Rua dos Esteireiros, Rua do Perú, Rua do Estudo, Rua do Pinheiro, and, still before that, by Rua de Pedro Bettencourt and, in another time, by Rua do Comércio, these were the names used until its current one.

    Between several explanations for these names, we highlight the one which refers to the current name, as it has an historical connection to the fact that, in the past, several blacksmith shops were located there.

    The street has a rich history of traditional and important places for the life in the city. Bazar do Povo, currently a shop of Chinese articles, which occupies the whole northern part of Rua do Bettencourt, was one of the main commercial spots of the city during the 20th century.

    Up above, we can find Palácio de Torre Bela, on the right, in front of Rua do Bispo, before the Praça do Município, where we can see the beautiful western front of Funchal  City Council’s building.

    Continue going up. Igreja do Colégio is on the left, turned to the Square with a fountain  that has the city armillary sphere on top. Further above, in the continuation of the church side wall, don’t waste the opportunity to look at the entrance to Pátio dos Estudantes at Palácio dos Jesuítas. It has a garden of bushes between the benches made of Madeiran stone. This is the most important sector of the street, because straight after we can see d’Oliveiras, one of the traditional companies of Madeiran Wine, where we can taste the wine and buy some bottles of our famous nectar, together with honey cake and typical bread of the Region.

    A little further up we have to visit Livraria Esperança (bookstore), one of the biggest in the world and another Loja com História (history store).

    On the corner with Rua dos Netos, that comes across Rua dos Ferreiros, we will find the studio and the shop of the interior designer Nini Andrade Silva, right in front of the building where, for decades, was the Ateneu Commercial of Funchal, and that nowadays is transformed in the headquarters of government agencies.



    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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