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Largo do Shafariz, Funchal, Madeira, 2019[open in full screen]  

 
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This square [largo or praça] is in very hearth of Funchal, largest and capital city of the autonomous region of island of Madeira.

Narrow streets are connecting this space to the main trough fare true the mainly pedestrianized city centre. Two other squares, #2 and #3 on our map, are in close proximity, one 'brand new" and other one just to be curious about.

Bank building, with its tower, is competing for attraction with the tower of the nearby cathedral.

  Name Shafariz, meaning fountain, is explaining the importance of drinking water in the cities in the past. Several of them were usually dispersed on the more important squares throughout the cities. One of them is located on Praça do Municipio the other square in Funchal and of course in our collection. One more square in Lisbon with the same name is where you can find more info about term Shafariz.

Over the time we spent overlooking the square from the apartment on the first floor of most attractive building on this square [first photo bellow left] we observed how important this space is in the life of the city. We made protrait of Funchal on our photoblog, check it out.

  Theater performances, church walkouts, regular feeding of the pigeons, is interchanging space with constant flow of tourists when cruise ships are in the harbour. Couple of benches under both trees on the square were constantly occupied, by visitors during the day, or locals later in the evening. Since it was picking up Wi-Fi signal from our apartment it was also our favourite observational spot, almost every night.

This is one of the places that deserves perfect score on our scale, I think for very obvious reasons.

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