Corpo Santo Chapel
Corpo Santo Chapel
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David D
Devon, UK25,781 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021 • Couples
This small white Chapel is situated in Largo do Corpo Santo off Rua de Santa Maria in Funchal.

It dates from the 15th century and is one of the few buildings still remaining from that period. It has been through a number of modifications during this time.

It was built in honour of São Pedro Gonçalves Telmo, patron saint of fishermen.

We visited here on Saturday 26th of June and were amazed by this small Chapel. From the outside it was a plain and simple structure with an arched doorway and a small bell tower.

On entering the Chapel we were welcomed by an old gentleman, who inquired where we were from, he then invited us to take a look around and to take photographs.

We certainly were not expecting what we saw, initially we were at a loss for words. Far from being plain and simple it was astonishing. The altar was ornate and the walls and ceiling was covered with individually framed paintings of various images.

Statues and ornately surrounded paintings were around the Chapel.

Even the small pulpit and the little wooden confessional had their own individual charm.

There was a tiled stone floor with simple wooden pews which added to the wonder of this special Chapel.
Written 3 July 2021
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tinkle_24
Northampton, UK1,780 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful dinky chapel in Santa Maria Street. Lovely and serene inside. Especially pretty was a painted wooden pulpit that looked like marble. It is apparently one of the best examples of Madeiran gothic and Manueline style.
Written 16 March 2024
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EESW1
Lincolnshire, UK5,236 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
This is one of the oldest chapels on Madeira and is easy to miss. Despite the address, it is tucked away between Rua de Santa Maria and Rua D. Carlos I which runs parallel but nearer the sea.

It is a simple whitewashed building with a small bell cot. Te inside is equally as simple with whitewashed walls and wood ceiling in the nave, although the chancel ceiling is painted. The altar and reredos occupy all of the east wall and the walls of the chancel are covered with paintings. There are two other altars on the side walls of the nave. The painted wall mounted pulpit is reached up a long wooden ladder - hopefully the priest is not afraid of heights... Near it is the processional cross.

Coming in from the bright sunlight, the inside of the chapel seems dark at first as there is only a small window high in the wall and most of the light comes in through the double doors.

In many ways there isn’t a lot to see, but it is a charming small chapel and well worth stopping to have a look inside.
Written 2 June 2019
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Radtel
Burnaby, Canada1,773 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Our History Tellers guide led us down the road to this church. It was nice enough small Chapple. Only took a few moments to go through.

Good history, which I won’t repeat but can be easily researched, if you like.
Written 13 November 2017
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal23,911 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2016 • Solo
This chapel was built at the end of the 15th century by the local fisherman in honour of “São Pedro Gonçalves Telmo. But nowadays the only surviving of the original chapel is the “Gothic Entrance”. You can find this nice small chapel into the “Rua Santa Maria” in the old part of Funchal, this can be on your way back after you have visited the “Fort of São Tiago”.
Written 1 July 2016
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John C
Loddington, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
In a pleasant small square well into the Old Town, Zona Velha,is this small, relatively plain, but lovely Church built by local fishermen and one of the original Churches in Funchal. After our walk through the old town, and encountering many offer of meals from the various restaurants, the Chapel was a haven of quietness and reflection. For the architectural buffs, one reads that the Corpo Santo Chapel has undergone many restructurings over time and is Gothic and Mannerist architecture, maintaining elements of the building from the late 15th century and the outline of the reconstruction of the mid 16th century. It has a longitudinal plan, a gabled facade and essentially Mannerist interior decoration.
Opposite the Chapel, is the Pizzaria Xarambinha where we enjoyed, for a change, a pizza which was very nice, washed down by a glass of house red and served by a most friendly host. There is an old spirit still in the restaurant, quite a feature!
Well recommended
Written 17 March 2016
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary3,534 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
As part of our walking tour from Museo CR7 to Forte de Sao Tiago we accidentally checked out this beautiful small chapel. This chapel is hidden gem.
Written 8 June 2023
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saul g
Tel Aviv, Israel1,223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This small Capela is located a couple of hundred meters from Santa Maria church, in the Old Town area of Funchal.
Built in the 15th Cent. It is dedicated to the patron saint of fishermen, Saint Pedro Gonçalves Telmo, the "Corpo Santo".
It served as an infirmary for local fishermen and their families, providing humanitarian aid, loaning money and helping the membership's widows. It is simple, humble on the outside, but inside - it surprises you with beautiful ceiling paintings, gilded carved wood altars, and sculptures in the Manueline style.
Don't miss it !!
Written 10 May 2023
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Arwel W
Lisbon, Portugal1,557 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Friends
Lovely little chapel at the end of the old town
It has restrictions on opening times 10:00 -12:30 and 14:00 to 17:30, so if you want to visit plan your trip

Restoration work has taken place inside, hence you won't be disappointed
Nice bars around the area if you fancy a quick drink after
Written 10 January 2017
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LucaChiaraD
Bologna, Italy5,835 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
A small chapel that you will find while walking in the velha area of Funchal. When illuminated in the evening it is a little jewel.
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Written 26 September 2023
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