Santa Cruz Municipality in Madeira Island

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Municipality in Madeira Island

Santa Cruz has 81.50 km ² and 43,005 inhabitants, divided into 5 parishes. The Santa Cruz village is one of the oldest of the island, dating from the fifteenth century beginnings. The municipality was created on June 26, 1515, was elevated to city status to August 2, 1996.
 
In terms of architectural heritage, it highlights the Santa Cruz Parish Church, built by King Manuel I, which began as a small chapel, built in 1533, and has a Gothic portal; Canico Parish Church, founded in 1536; Chapel of Consolation, the sixteenth century, reworked in the eighteenth and twentieth centuries and presents works in carved and inlaid wood, religious ornaments in silver and multiple images; the Santa Isabel Chapel, the early eighteenth century, which has a beautiful altar in gilt; the Mercy Church, dating from the XVI century; the Lady of the Conception Church of the early seventeenth century; the “Nossa Senhora dos Remédios” Church, the end of the seventeenth century and the Gaula Parish Church, the mid-eighteenth century, retains a filling of liturgical vessels, that is part of a processional cross the fifteenth century, in silver.