The Nossa Senhora do Monte Church is the most important pilgrimage site on the Portuguese island of Madeira. The original church was built in 1741 on top of the foundations of an old chapel that was said to be built by the son of the settler of the island, but it was soon destroyed by an earthquake. The church that stands today dates to 1818. The interior features elegant chandeliers, a statue of Our Lady of the Mountain and the tomb of Charles I of Habsburg, the last emperor of Austria who lived in exile on Madeira until his death in 1922. Also inside the church is a silver Pieta that was the only relic saved from the earthquake. Every year in mid-August the surrounding village of Monte is home to a large festival that includes a procession to the church in honor of Nossa Senhora do Monte (Our Lady of Monte).
The Nossa Senhora do Monte Church is in the village of Monte, located above the town of Funchal on the island of Madeira. To get to Monte from Funchal, take the cable car, which runs from the old town of Funchal to Monte in about 10 minutes and costs 10 Euro one way or 15 Euro roundtrip. To reach the church itself, visitors must climb 68 steep stairs.