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Catedral Metropolitana De Sao Sebastiao Do Rio De Janeiro

Av. Chile 245 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20031-170, Brazil
+55 (21) 2240-2669
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Ranked #48 of 469 attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Type: Religious Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: With architecture inspired by the Mayan pyramids of Mexico, the conical shape is believed to give proximity to God. Four stained glass windows run... more » Owner description: With architecture inspired by the Mayan pyramids of Mexico, the conical shape is believed to give proximity to God. Four stained glass windows run from floor to ceiling forming a cross at the top. Acoustics are "heavenly" here! « less
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Kissimmee, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Don't be put off by the outside. It's breathtaking. The stain glass it so colorful. There is no air conditioning but it's open and feels cool.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

From the outside, this looks more like some sort of concrete office/city something....but inside, WOW. The long stained glass windows bending to the top of the cone/pyramid shaped church are jaw dropping. And, the interior space is huge. I differ from other reviewers; I would go out of my way to see the Cathedral just because it is so different.... More

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We visited as it was included as part of a tour. When you've explored so much of South America you think "not another overly ornate Catholic Church / cathedral!!" How wrong I was! It's... Well... Ugly as hell!! The outside is really funny looking. It takes some time to adjust to the fact that you are in fact really looking... More

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Dallas, Texas
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21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I have been in many cathedrals throughout the world but this one is different. First, it is open air. Second, it is multistory but the upper floors are not used. But, the stained glass windows are spectacular! This is not a "must do" but worth a visit if convenient. It is unusual.

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

From the outside this looks like a council salt dump. Wait till you get inside. Wow! check out those stained glass windows that change colour as the sun moves round

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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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27 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

The fascinating shape of the outside is only enhanced by the inspiring beauty of the inside. The stained glass windows and the bronze crucifix are so impressive. You do not have to be religious to be wowed by this sight.

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Ann Arbor, MI
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

This Cathedral was built in the 1960's in a modern style. If you ask me, modern = ugly. This Cathedral is conical shaped. There is no charge to enter, but donations are accepted. The alter is in the center of the Cathedral. Inside you can see panels of alternating stained glass windows and regular cement windows. Unless you are particularly... More

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Atlanta, GA
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I've seen dozens of magnificent cathedrals all around the world, but never one like this. Its modern architecture is eye-catching, the four stained glass windows spectacular, and the quiet dark indoor space a welcome contrast to the chaos outside in central Rio. Pope Francis officiated at a service here for Argentineans in Rio recently.

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Ambato, Tungurahua, Ecuador
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Quite organized structure; the Cathedral's architecture from inside to outside allows to enjoy the warm of faith while standing inside. Not so full of images or ancient traditional details, you'll definitely get amazed of its simple but welcoming architecture.

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Caracas, Venezuela
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Wont take you long, so go, its a huge place that can house a crowd of 20K people, the architecture is unusual for a cathedral, being that is modern looking coned shaped rather than medieval,

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