Funchal cathedral © andyhawkins
In the heart of the historic section of Funchal stands the SÃ© do Funchal, the most impressive of Madeira's religious edifices. The simple rough white stucco and brownish basalt of the cathedral houses the Gothic portal. The ceiling is Moorish carved cedar inlaid with ivory and behind the Baroque altar are paintings by Flemish and Portuguese artists. The late fifteenth-century cathedral is one of the few structures that survived intact since Madeira's early period of colonisation. As the centerpiece of the structure, the cathedral contains a silver processional cross, donated by King Manuel I of Portugal, considered one of the masterpieces of precious metalwork of Portugal's Manueline style.