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Old Monte Train Station – A Cultural Heritage Site

The Mayor of Funchal, Miguel Silva Gouveia, and the Councilor for Public Works, Rúben Abreu, recently viewed the renovation work taking place at the old Monte train station. This work is being carried out by the Municipality.  Through its restoration the Municipality of Funchal (CMF) hope to preserve the sites historic, cultural and industrial heritage through the creation of the ‘Comboio do Monte Interpretative Centre.’

According to a press note issued by the municipality, this process began in 2016, with the acquisition of the building by the municipality but the subsequent eviction of squatters followed by budget problems put the project on hold. However, the CMF has decided to proceed with this work, which will significantly revitalise the heart of the parish of Monte, benefiting both citizens and local businesses.

On completion of the refurbished building the Municipality will create an historical space in memory of the train service giving valuable insights of life in Monte during this period, from 16th of July 1893 to April 1943.  The existing property will become a historical and cultural centre, endowed with a museum using films, photographs, other images, artifacts and new interactive multimedia content, alluding to the old steam train. The original layout of the old station will be replaced and the refurbished building will a kiosk, bar, tourist information office, and an auditorium which will be available for use by local associations and institutions.

“We believe that the restoration works, which started this June, will have a major impact on the revitalisation of the parish, not just for residents and businesses but for the tourists who are expected to return to the island, and as such the restoration works will create yet another attraction for everyone to visit and enjoy.”

The works will cost in the region of €400,000.

Samantha Gannon

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Photo taken from Wikipedia (Train pulling out of Pombal Station, Funchal)

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