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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 #45 of 480 attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Doha
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This cathedral is located close to the center and has a very unique design both on the interior and exterior, there are no entry fees.

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião is also known as the Cathedral of St. Sebastian of Rio de Janeiro, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro. The cathedral is the See of the Metropolitan Archbishops of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The church is dedicated to Saint Sebastian, the patron saint... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Unusually and beautifully designed modern cathedral. Very simple and elegant in its decor, which manages to combine traditional elements of Catholic church with modern style of the New World. Worth the visit, easy to reach (short walk from Cinelandia metro station), and free to enter. On your way from station to the Cathedral also see Municipal theatre, Gloria church, and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

According to couple of locals, Catedral area is quite rough and ready Friday to Monday, and should be avoided (especially coming from Lapa end). But if you are around during weekdays, and walking from Carioca or Cinelandia, then its well worth a visit. The interior is certainly superior, although the outside would be much more impressive if it wasn't hidden... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I haven't seen a building like this before. Especially not a cathedral. Sharp contrast in comparison to the unpleasant and depressing outside makes stained glasses more vivid and colorful in some way. Definitely worth a visit and it's free.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This is very untraditional cathedral - from the outside it looks like a cooling tower, but inside is interesting simple space with colorful stained glass. I recommend it to visit it during your wlak through the city center.

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Bucharest, Romania
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I didn't like it at all! I really appreciate modern art and architecture and I have seen other modern views on other cathedrals, but this one is just a dark, ugly, concrete building. It didn't inspire me religion or warm feelings... I also didn't feel that it fits into the surrounding area.

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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Built in the deliberately ugly style of brutalism, with a lot of exposed greyish concrete, this is not an inviting place to visit, but once inside I was impressed by the huge stain-glass windows and the circular layout of the church. An unusual experience.

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Kissimmee, Florida
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19 helpful votes 19 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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23 helpful votes 23 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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