A Quinta Vigia, localizada na cidade do Funchal, é a residência oficial do Presidente do Governo da Região Autónoma da Madeira. O nome original desta quinta era Quinta das Angústias, em virtude de possuir uma capela datada do século XVII que invocava Nossa Senhora das Angústias. A quinta foi renomeada "Quinta Vigia" em 1982, depois de já ter desaparecido a Quinta Vigia original, situada nas proximidades e em cujo terreno se construiu o actual Hotel Pestana Casino Park.
Several distinguished personalities spent some time in this estate, among which are Maximilian, Duke of Leuchtenberg (Tsar Nicholas I's son in law), which were installed in 1849 in an attempt to treat their disease. In August 28, 1852 Empress Amelia, Pedro IV's widow, took up residence on the estate looking for the cure of tuberculosis of his daughter, Princess Maria Amelia (at the time healing properties were attributed to the air in Madeira). The effort of Amelia proved to be in vain, for the young princess would die in February 1853.
Shortly after the Count Alexandre Charles Lambert, a former aide of the empress of Russia, acquired the farm, and changed the name to Quinta Lambert. The estate returned to its former name, Quinta das Angústias, when it was acquired by the madeiran João Paulo de Freitas in 1903.
In 1979, when the autonomic regime had already been introduced in Madeira, the estate was bought by the Regional Government. For a while its facilities were used to house the Music Conservatory of Madeira, until it was moved to the former New Avenue Hotel in 1981. After works in their gardens, in the chapel and in the palace, the estate was opened as an official residence of the President of the Government on 2 May 1984. The estate's gardens are open to the public and are mainly visited by tourists. The estate also offers a beautiful view over the bay of Funchal.
You don't need to enter the manor estate premises, however I recommend a visit to its beautiful gardens.
The entrance is available from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:30
You should do your log during the day, no later than 22h ...
N 32° 38.722
W 16° 54.966
Ano no "PGR" (A B C D)
Year in "PGR" (A B C D)
N 32° 38,(C- A) 0 (A)
O 16° 54,(B)((A+B)-D) 6
1º Ano aos pés da Princesa Sissi (E F G H)
1st Year at the feet of princess Sissi (E F G H)
STAGE III - FINAL
N 32° 38,(F-E) H (E)
O 16° 54,(E+F)(E)(G-E)