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Rua de Santa Maria (Saint Mary Street) is one of oldest and most colourful streets in Funchal on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Located in the old town (zona velha), this cobbled street leading up to the church of Santa Maria Maior, is wide enough only for pedestrians and is lined with restaurants, cafes and the odd art gallery or two.

The narrow street, which dates back to 1430 as a thoroughfare up to the church, has recently become one of Funchal’s most popular tourist attractions after the local council came up with an ingenious initiative in an attempt to revamp what was a slightly run down and dilapidated area.

In 2014, when the “Art of Open Doors” project was started, the street was turned into a public art space. Local artists were invited to ‘move in’ and get to work on over two hundred of the street’s doors. The idea was to create a piece of work that invites people walking along the street into experience something deeper.

Above taken from 'The Girl on the Move' web site.

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