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Sacred Art Museum

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Address: Rua do Bispo 21, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
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+351 291 228 900
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10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Housed in a former bishop's palace, this museum houses an extensive...

Housed in a former bishop's palace, this museum houses an extensive collection of masterpieces by Flemish artists from the 15th and 16th centuries.

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Some amazing Flemish Art.

If you are pushed for time make sure you don't miss the Flemish works of art on the top floor which are said to be among the best in Europe. The rest of the museum has lots of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom
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Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are pushed for time make sure you don't miss the Flemish works of art on the top floor which are said to be among the best in Europe. The rest of the museum has lots of beautiful silver work amongst other things. The sugar trade provided many of these Flemish works in the 15th & early 16th centuries... More 

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For the small sum of 5 euros you can see some of the most beautiful works of art from the 1500's and the most amazing collection of silver church items I have ever seen.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are a number of paintings from the Flemish and Portuguese schools taken from island churches. Additionally some very fine religious artefacts such as thuribles and incense boats. Unless you have a particular interest in these, the tour may not be for you.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Interesting building on several floors. As the title suggests full of religious treasures. A few were interesting but it is a sombre place. Items well described in English and Portuguese but no guided tours. Should not really have gone, there are many other more uplifting and interesting religious venues.

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Lahti, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

This museum is a lovely place to see old statues and paintings of Sacred Art. There's a lot to see, not too much.

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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Not a large museum but perhaps something for a rainy day (although not many of these in Madeira). Last Supper sculpture particularly interesting.

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Whalley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Once again disappointed by presentation rather than the actual content of the museum. Let's start with the positive. This is a world class collection of art. It is housed in a wonderful building and with pleasant staff. The negatives are that as per other places in Funchal they fail to make the most of what they have got. There is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

The Sacred Art Museum is well worth a visit.  In a palace where the bishops of Funchal lived in the sixteenth century, it is one of the oldest museums of Funchal and offers various collections of paintings, sculptures and jewellery. It house wonderful paintings, sculptures, goldsmithery and church robes. Some the works are outstanding, including 15th and 16th century Flemish paintings, panels and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

This museum is set in a back street behind the square which has the City Hall on it. It cost 5€ and only takes about half an hour to do. Set over 3 floors there are some beautiful religious silver artefacts dating from 16/17th century and a series of religious paintings acquired in return for the country'sbmain export of sugar.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Easily spend one to two hours looking at these marvels from the beginning of Madeira history. Descriptive texts in Portuguese and English. Central location makes easy.

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