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The Madeira Government has invested 180,000 euros in the recovery of the Fort of São João Baptista do Pico in Funchal, which will be open for free to the public, announced today the president of the regional executive.

Miguel Albuquerque inaugurated today the second phase of the rehabilitation work of that emblematic property of the heritage of the archipelago, explaining that the recovery of the exterior spaces was done, which included the consolidation and painting of the walls and the creation of a multipurpose room for concerts and conferences .

It also includes a coffee shop that “will soon be awarded,” he announced.

“The space will be open for free to the public and we hope that people can enjoy this space that is part of our memory, our heritage and this beautiful view on the city of Funchal,” said the island ruler, adding that the “value of the work was almost 180 thousand euros “.

Miguel Albuquerque mentioned that this project happens “within the framework of the celebration of the 600 years of the discovery of Madeira”, this being the second requalification and recovery of regional heritage. The first one was the ships of the Mother Church of Machico, in the east of the island.

He also recalled that this project of rehabilitation of properties of the regional heritage is underway in several spaces, highlighting as “fundamental work the space of the Vicentes Museum, a collection consisting of more than one million negatives that is being treated and recovered in the Regional Archive “, Informing that the intervention in the” building is in an advanced state. ”

The Fort of Pico in Funchal was definitively assigned by the Republic to Madeira in July 2014, leaving the property to belong to the military public domain.

This transfer has the transfer of ownership of the Blaus VII vessel to the Ministry of National Defense (Navy) and transfer of the right to use the facilities of the so-called ‘Funchal 2000’ building to the Institute of Financial Management and Equipment of Justice.

The Pico de São João Fortress is located at an altitude of 111 meters above sea level, occupies an area of ​​2,750 square meters, being one of the most emblematic monuments of Funchal, having a privileged view over the city.

Translated from RTPM