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Urban civil architecture in the historic area of ​​São Pedro - Casa Museu Frederico de Freitas

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

Another amazing place in Madeira with amazing hosts who told us the history of this house with great pleasure, rooms and objects of great value for the history of Funchal and Madeira.We were surprised by the variety of objects, and the fact that inside you can find a large number of objects from different cultural influences.They explained every corner to us in detail so the enjoyment was complete.Every day we admire more and more the rich historical heritage that is presented to us. Of imposing proportions and striking reddish color, this museum-house is a striking presence on the steep Calçada de Santa Clara and a prominent element in the context of urban civil architecture in the historic area of ​​São Pedro and the center of Funchal.

It is also known as Casa da Calçada, former residence of the Counts of Calçada, whose ancestors have been associated with it since its beginnings in the 17th century.

Adress:Calçada de Santa Clara n.º 7 9000–036 Funchal

Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am - 5:30 pm Sunday, Monday and holidays: Closed

This building, formerly owned by Dr. Frederico de Freitas (1894-1978), lawyer, notary and collector from Madeira, gathers an impressive set of works of art, bequeathed to the Autonomous Region of Madeira in 1978.

The collection of this museum includes remarkable collections of sculpture, painting, engraving, furniture, ceramics, crystals and tin objects dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries. The religious theme dominates sculpture and painting and, except for some Portuguese-Oriental imagery, the pieces are predominantly European. The unique Mug Collection involves other similar types that, from the 18th century to the present, attest to different origins. In the engravings, those relating to Madeira stand out, important iconographic sources from the 18th and 19th centuries.

The museum project was completed in 1999 with the completion of the Casa dos Azulejos, built especially to house the eclectic and vast collection of tiles, with oriental, Islamic, medieval, majolica pieces and a display of Dutch tiles. The Portuguese nucleus, which includes an important set of 17th century patterns, evokes national production until today.

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