Hidden by the foliage of the palm trees that dominate the churchyard, and surrounded by a predominantly residential area, the Espírito Santo Chapel, Porto Santo, may go unnoticed to a less attentive eye. However, a visit to this small monument offers an enriching journey through the History of this island.
Located in Campo de Baixo, right next to the Regional Road, this building is several centuries old. The origin of the Espírito Santo Chapel dates back to the 17th century. However, later on, in the first quarter of the 19th century, this small religious temple underwent a reconstruction process.
It's now a mannerist chapel with a simple façade complemented by a bell tower. It comprises a single nave and a chancel, lower and narrower. Inside, it houses a relevant artistic heritage, with original Flemish paintings from the 16th century, representing the motif of the 'Lord's Supper.
If your visit to Porto Santo coincides with the end of July and the beginning of August, take note that at this time of year the Espírito Santo religious festival is held here. Among the traditional ceremonies of these festivities is the blessing of bread with the flag of the Espírito Santo, which is then distributed to the population.
Inserted in a residential area, the Espírito Santo Chapel is an original religious temple from the 17th century. Still active, its interior houses Flemish paintings dating from the 16th century.