Cathedral of Funchal
In front of the cathedral of Funchal is a statue of Pope John Paul II which recalls his visit in 1991 when he went to Madeira to meet the Madeirans, who are devout Catholics.
Watch the cathedral and let yourself be surprised by its walls full of paintings from Flemish artists. The presence of those paintings can be explained by the fact that Madeira once trade with Belgium.
Madeira was, at that time, the biggest exporter of sugar in the world. Traders exchanged their “white gold” with some Belgian paintings.
Madeirans like to point out that the Belgians no longer have a single gram of that sugar as they ate it, but that Madeirans still have the Belgian masterpieces displayed in a prominent position in that beautiful cathedral.