Rahul Sharma

Terreiro da Luta

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Completion date  14 August 1927
Terreiro da Luta Terreiro da Luta Madeira
Location  Monte (Funchal),  Madeira
Height  5.5 metres (18 ft) tall with its pedestal

Monte to terreiro da luta walk in madeira


Terreiro da Luta is located north of Monte (Funchal) and the area was once the last stop on the only cog railway (Monte Railway) in Madeira. It is also where the Our Lady of Peace sanctuary (Portuguese: Nossa Senhora da Paz) is located.

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Terreiro da Luta The site of Terreiro da Luta

Caminho de ferro do monte terreiro da luta madeira quase esquecida


History

Between 1893 and 1943, the area was connected to Funchal by Madeira's only cog railway.

Terreiro da Luta Nossa Senhora do Terreiro da Luta Madeira Foto de

The Our Lady of Peace sanctuary (Portuguese: Nossa Senhora da Paz) statue which is supported by 4 roman columns, is located here. It was built after the attacks on Madeira during world war 1, which were first felt in Madeira on December 3, 1916 when the German U-boat, U-38, captained by Max Valentiner went into Funchal harbour on Madeira and torpedoed and sank 3 ships, CS Dacia (1,856 tons), SS Kanguroo (2,493 tons) and Surprise (680 tons). The commander of the French Gunboat Surprise and 34 of her crew (7 Portuguese) died in the attack. The Dacia, a British cable laying vessel, had previously undertaken war work off the coast of Casablanca and Dakar, was in the process of diverting the South American cable into Brest, France. Following the attack on the ships, the Germans proceeded to bombard Funchal for two hours from a range of about 2 miles (3 km). Batteries on Madeira returned fire and eventually forced the Germans to withdraw.

Terreiro da Luta Quinta do Terreiro da Luta

In 1917 on December 12, two German U-boats, U-156 and U-157 (captained by Max Valentiner) again bombarded Funchal, Madeira. This time the attack lasted around 30 minutes. Forty, 4.7 inch and 5.9 inch shells were fired. There were 3 fatalities and 17 wounded, In addition, a number of houses and Santa Clara church were hit.

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A priest José Marques Jardim, promised in 1917 to build a monument should peace ever return to Madeira. In 1927 at Terreiro da Luta he built a statue of Nossa Senhora da Paz (Our Lady of Peace) commemorating the end of the World War I. It incorporates the anchor chains from the sunken ships from Madeira on December 3, 1916 and is over 5 metres tall.

Terreiro da Luta The site of Terreiro da Luta
Terreiro da Luta Monte to Terreiro da Luta walk in Madeira YouTube

References

Terreiro da Luta Wikipedia


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