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São João Baptista Fortress Print E-mail

The Fortress was completed in the second half of the 17th century, and is located 111, 5 meters above sea level. This fortress was used as the city warehouse to store gunpowder (this gunpowder was meant for all the forts and towers of the Island).

São João Baptista Fortress
São João Baptista Fortress
Initially it was designated São João Fortress, afterwards it was renamed as São Filipe and São Miguel and later it recovered its original name.

In the middle of the 20th century, it was given to the Navy to accommodate its Communication Centre. Due to the great number of antennae on the fortress, the population began to call it “Radio Peak” (Pico Rádio).

It offers a panoramic view over the city of Funchal.

Rua do Castelo (transversal to Calçada do Pico)

Opening Hours:
Every day from 9:00 to 18:00



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