Igreja de São Bento

Church in West Madeira

Originally dating from the 15th century, one of the most attractive churches on Madeira occupies a pebble square in the very centre of Ribeira Brava. Almost as wide as it is long, the three-nave interior is divided by high Gothic arches, which reach up to a curved, embossed ceiling. From this hang the church's most impressive feature, two giant crystal chandeliers.

There are Manueline elements throughout such as the carved stone font and the pulpit.