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Catedral Metropolitana

Near the Ministry Buildings, Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil
+5521 87157295
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Ranked #4 of 134 attractions in Brasilia
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
Description: Another structure by award-winning architect Oscar Niemeyer, this landmark cathedral features stunning interior glasswork.
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Tamuning, Mariana Islands
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This working Roman Catholic cathedral takes your breath away. Even with the weekend crowds and vendors selling "pipoca" (popcorn) and water around the evangelists out front, it is worth a visit during the day and revisit at night to see it lit up. Inside, the cathedral, blue and green stain glass is breathtaking. While Modernist architecture is not my thing,... More

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Adelaide, Australia
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It's pretty spectacular, if you are in Brasilia, you should definitely go! You don't need to spend much time here but you can combine with other sites along the street.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Beeing build in the sixties I was a bit sceptic. It looked ok from the pictures on the web as well. Oscar Niemeyer was however a genius and created an art piece. The interior is fantastic with the light flowing through the coloured window. Then there are the sculptures haning from the ceiling.... A must see!

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Brooklyn, New York
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226 reviews 226 reviews
151 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

At this point of my travels, I have to say that I am fatigued of churches, cathedrals and the like. But to enter was free and it was nice to cool off from the hot sun. I love architecture as well so it was not a waste of time to admire the building from the inside and out. There is... More

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Brasilia, DF
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

A place to be in Brasilia!!! A very beautiful cathedral inside out. One of the must-sees in this wonderful city

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Boston, Massachusetts
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We were there three times during World Cup 2014. Never was open even though hours were posted as open. We could see through a crack in the closed doors and it looked beautiful inside. However, if you can't get in, I wouldn't waste time going there. Kind of dumpy right around the cathedral. Certainly interesting architecture, but there was nothing... More

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Ningbo, China
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26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is very nice, but i thought that Santuario Dom Bosco was better. The sound travels along the curved walls so you can actually have a conversation with your friend on the other side of the room. This was a really neat trick and something that i have never seen before.

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Miami, Florida
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

All of these sights are close to one another. And it was a beautiful day. The colors, the architecture, all are amazing. There's a little trick. Stand near the walls and have someone else stand on the far end...it's a telephone game with the wall.

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Vancouver, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

It is masterpiece, lovely statues in the interior, great external architecture. Great area where you can walk and know the beauty of Brasilia.

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South San Francisco
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54 reviews 54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The cathedral was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the same architect who planned and developed the city of Brasilia. It is quite modern and simple compared to cathedrals of old. Outside the cathedral is a big square, with four 10-ft. tall bronze sculptures representing the four Evangelists, guarding the entrance. To the right is a tall bell tower containing four large... More

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