Change around us – Changes of Funchal
Change is all around us and it is interesting to record the change. Change is basically part of our lives and we believe that Escape Games help you to cope with the change, by preparing you to think quickly on your feet. Basically you sharpen your decision making skills and so we decided to monitor the change. That is why we created our project of OLD vs. NEW (#oldvsnew).
We have first located and purchased several interesting postcards of Funchal and other Madeira towns. The aim was that the postcard must deliver overall picture of the locality and plus the location where from was taken the photograph must be still currently accessible. This was not always as easy and sometimes it required us to go on the locations several times in order to get “the right angle” of the picture or to capture the main points within the picture, which would allow us to correctly overlay the pictures and create nice crossfading Videos or GIFs.
Today’s featured location is:
Funchal from Fortaleza de Nossa Senhora da Conceição do Ilhéu
The picture was taken from Fortaleza de Nossa Senhora da Conceição do Ilhéu or sometimes called Pontinha. On the map, on this page, you can see the point where from it has been taken as the place where the icon of the Camera is located. Also for better understanding two lines are drawn which are showing you what you can see on the pictures and also on the GIF.
When we have been aligning the two pictures (The Old one and the New One) we had to always use a certain monuments or buildings or earth features which would allow to align the pictures. In this picture / GIF we have used the following monuments:
On the New photo on left side you can see the new Pestana CR7 hotel with Cristiano Ronaldo Museum (CR7 Museum) which is a museum, dedicated to the professional career of Cristiano Ronaldo. It displays his two Ballon d’or, his wax statue and 145 other individual and team awards, some dating back to his Madeira childhood. As you can see on the Old photo only the old beach is there.
Right after this structure in front you can see in the New picture the Parque de Santa Catarina, which is a well-known and popular park located in the city of Funchal. It is a pleasant park offering great views over Funchal’s harbour, surrounded by wonderful trees a variety of flowers. There is also a children’s playground, a snack bar and a charming chapel named after Saint Catherine. This small chapel was first built in 1425 out of wood, then later during the 17th century it was rebuilt with stone. Santa Catarina Chapel was named by Dona Constança, the wife of Goncalves Zarco who also ordered its construction.
Hiden behind the park is a Shopping Center La Vie
In the center of the picture is a quite significant structure of the Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias. It is a building owned by Funchal City Hall, with a regular program in several artistic fields. It provides a public service, representing a place that promotes Culture. After the demolition of the Grand Theatre, in 1883, the Madeiran people started the construction of a new theatre in the city of Funchal. The theatre follows the typical Italian model and was inaugurated in 1888. We have used this structure as the main point for aligning the pictures over each other as this structure is nicely visible in both the old and new photo.
Next to the Theater is the café and restaurant Ritz Madeira. The Ritz Madeira was opened in 1905 by Christian Ritz, a New York businessman whose family was originally from Switzerland. Christian Ritz was a successful textile merchant doing business between Europe and the Americas. While sailing on a merchant ship across the Atlantic from New York to Southampton, there was a storm off the coast of the Canary Islands and the ship went off course taking them to Madeira Island.The Ritz was a charming cafe for the society and businessmen, who met for afternoon soirees, dancing and high tea for more than 100 years. After a few years Christian and Clara had to leave Madeira to deal with his family affairs in New York and Philadelphia. The Ritz continued to exist in many forms from a high society cafe to a showroom for imported cars, it was one of the most beautiful show rooms in Europe as all the original interior features of the Ritz were elegantly maintained.The Ritz is considered by many to be the most majestic building on the main street of Funchal. The famous blue and white antique tiles tell the tale of the history of Madeira Island from the 1st navigators to the farmers, traditional dancers, tourists and traders who visited the island.
In front of the picture on right side is the Palácio de São Lourenço, but only small piece is visible on the photos and right behind this Palace is
one of the most known wine lodges in Madeira – Blandy’s which for 200 years, has been synonymous with quality Madeira wine.The Blandy’s are unique in being the only family of all the original founders of the Madeira wine trade to still own and manage their own original wine company. The family has played a leading role in the development of Madeira wine throughout its long history and members of the family continue to live on Madeira, maintaining a tradition that goes back to 1811.
Right behind the dominant Teatre structure is a church tower which is part of Colégio dos Jesuítas do Funchal. Founded and granted by royal charter from D. Sebastião in 1569. At the end of the sixteenth century, the college was transferred to its current location, quickly becoming one of the most important buildings on the Island of Madeira. It was built out of the island’s stone. The Jesuit College of Funchal began to gain international importance when, beyond its usual religious and academic activities, it started to cater to the lodging and readying needs of the Jesuits who had been sailing to the New World, to found or integrate colleges and Jesuit communities throughout South America, Africa and Asia. The present decoration of the College is directly linked with the history of the University of Madeira. This Church Tower was also much used for aligning of our photos.
The Colégio dos Jesuítas is on the same square (Praça do Município) as Câmara Municipal do Funchal, but this structure is not really visible on this pictures. The building of Câmara Municipal do Funchal had the first construction to appear in the former Campo do Duque where was the house of the municipal council, with the court for the notaries and the receiving rooms. The construction started around 1486 and was finished in 1491. Later, around 1500, the construction of the large Church started and in 1508, by letter of King D. Manuel, dated 21st August, the village of Funchal was raised to the category of city, the first of the vast Portuguese expansion on the 16th century. The old municipal installation of the 15th century, in time, was no longer suitable for the needs of a city such as Funchal. Thus, the seat of city government moved from one building to another and in the first half of the 19th century, it came to be installed in the palace where it still operates today. Funchal City Hall is a “quadrangle”, with a small inner garden patio and a two-storey facade facing westward, with exposed ashlar stone pilasters on each side, topped by pinnacles.
All the way on left side of the pictures you can also see Museu da Quinta das Cruzes where the memories of Quinta das Cruzes cross with the life and history of the city of Funchal. Documented as the last residence of João Gonçalves Zarco, the discoverer of the Island of Madeira, this Madeiran Estate, represents over 500 years of the history of the Island.
And right next to it is Museu do Universo de Memórias which is placed in a 19th century building, the Centro Cívico e Cultural de Santa Clara – Universo de Memórias João Carlos Abreu was purchased by the Regional Government in 2002 to lodge the collections which were donated by João Carlos Abreu. The museum contains a collection of mementoes collected throughout his life as journalist, traveller, poet, writer, politician, actor and artist on trips to different countries around the world. It offers a garden, a tea house and an Auditorium.
The rest of the picture is nicely portraying the scarcity of development in the OLD times as most of the slopes are mostly free of any structures. This is a huge difference between the NOW picture, where most of the slopes are heavily developed.