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A scene from the garden of Quinta das Cruzes. This is one of two original stone lintels on show in the garden. They are in Manueline design dating from the fifteenth century and are thought to be part of the original house built by Zarco.

Now a museum, the Quinta das Cruzes is an old Madeiran manor house complete with gardens and a private chapel. Originally the home of João Gonçalves Zarco, the Portuguese captain who discovered Madeira, it was extensively remodelled in the 18th century into a stylish home by the wealthy Lomelino family. The exhibits on show examine the life of Madeira's well-to-do from the 15th to the 19th century in an aptly aristocratic environment.

(Source: Lonely Planet Guide)

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