Photographer's Note

A view into the Nuns' Valley on the island of Madeira from the viewpoint at Eiro Do Serrado.

Curral das Freiras ('Nuns Valley') is a small village nestling between almost perpendicular mountains in the heart of the island. The huge cauldron in which Curral das Freiras sits was either formed by erosion, which is the more recent theory, or as many still believe, by volcanic activity.

In 1566 the nuns from the Santa Clara convent fled from pirates attacking Funchal and found seclusion here where they also brought the convent treasure. Curral das Freiras was the property of a couple that sold this land to the captain of Funchal, João Gonçalves da Câmara. The captain gave the lands to his daughters when they entered into the Santa Clara convent (also built by him).


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