Monte

The parish of Our Lady of Mount was established in 1565, is now designated only by Monte. Mount is one of the nicest places in Madeira.

With a prime location in the amphitheater of Funchal, the village of Monte, located about 9 km from the center. and 550 m above sea level is undoubtedly one of the places to visit in Funchal.

With lush vegetation and superb views of the amphitheater and bay of Funchal, was from the early days of tourism on the island, the place of choice of visitors to Madeira.

Parque Leite Monteiro

Parque Leite Monteiro

Monte Municipal Park / Parque Leite Monteiro is one of the most visited places in Monte with a view for the beautiful Bay of Funchal. It is a romantic and well kept garden that offers visitors a wide variety of flowers, shrubs and old trees. It is the ideal place for a pleasant walk admiring the beauty of nature.

Emperor Charles I of Austria

Emperor Charles I of Austria

Charles I of Austria and IV of Hungary and Charles I of Habsburg-Lorraine were born on August 17, 1887 in Persenbeug (Lower Austria) and died in Funchal on April 1, 1922, with his wife the Empress Zita and eight children. Following the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the royal family is forced into exile in a huge poverty, being received in Madeira in 1921, where Carlos, his baptismal name Karl Franz Josef Ludwig Hubert Georg Maria von Habsburg-Lothringen , the last Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary and Bohemia, between 1916 and 1918, passed away young, with the age of 30 years.

Deeply religious and committed in their duties as monarch, Charles I was beatified in 2004 by Pope John Paul II.

The Emperor is buried in the Church of Our Lady of Mount.

THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT

THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT

The event starts on 14 of August. On the evening of that day, the animation reigns, is the great night of revelry. Thousands of people spread around the center of town, where nothing is lacking, from traditional “espetadas” of beef, the regional island drinks appropriate to a camp like this. Throughout night they sing and dance both the most modern rhythms as the more traditional.

 

The next day, August 15, is the Holy Guard day. After the Mass, a large number of faithful accompany the procession, which runs part of the parish.

Gardens The Monte Palace Tropical Garden

Gardens The Monte Palace Tropical Garden

The Monte Palace Tropical Garden is located on top of a beautiful hill with breathtaking views over the bay of Funchal. The Monte Palace was once a place of historical importance because it was in the eighteenth century a luxury hotel that hosted many important guests. Today, the Berardo Foundation, transformed this beautiful property in a museum and garden. Here you will find exotic plants and flowers of many continents and also animals like ducks, white swans and black, peacocks, chickens and Koi carp. It is an unforgettable experience touring this beautiful garden.

Quinta Jardins do Imperador

Quinta Jardins do Imperador

Quinta Jardins do Imperador, last residence of Charles I of Austria, he chose to live in Monte against the exile who was forced by the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The fifth, at the time, was called Quinta Cossart, named after a previous owner, and was transferred to the imperial family in exile by Rocha Machado family that has acquired.

Built on Mount in the eighteenth century by James Gordon who created the garden and also a Malakoff tower known as Quinta do Monte. In 1899 the property was bought by banker Rocha Machado, who in 1921 offered temporary residence to Emperor Charles I of Austria and his family. Today this property belongs to the regional government and given the name of the Emperor. Quinta dos Emperor Gardens has the magnificent architecture of the Malakoff tower a ringed coffee trees and a colorful rose garden, an idyllic landscape overlooking Funchal.

note: Currently closed to public

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WORSHIP OUR LADY HILL

WORSHIP OUR LADY HILL

The cult of Our Lady of Mount comes from immemorial time.

 

When Adão Gonçalves Ferreira built the primitive Chapel of Our Lady of the Incarnation, in 1470, was born, there, Marian devotion in honor and praise to that ninety-five years later would have the title of Our Lady of Mount.

 

The Virgin Miraculous is attributed to legendary scene appearance and obtained other requested heavenly favors, to the Virgin, in distressing times the Madeiran population. This same service was up, little by little, expanded and widespread throughout the island, passing then to many other corners of the world, where are Madeiran immigrants. This religious cult was accentuated even further when, in 1950, instituted the “Brotherhood of Slaves of Our Lady of the Mount.”

 

There are several legends of Our Lady of Mount now, from generation to generation since the early days of settlement to nowadays.