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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 (Centro)
+55(21)2240-2669
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Ranked #49 of 488 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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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

What a truly amazing and beautiful building which symbolises Rio's great and inspiring culture, even if you're not religious the cathedral is a very spiritual and uplifting place.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

What an amazing Cathedral to visit with it's modern architecture. Looks like a pyramid from the distance.The Cathedral has beautiful stain glass features spanning up along each wall corner and joining to the crucifix feature on the flat apex. It still had a beautiful Nativity scene on one side of the church and was very surreal to be in this... More

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Bogota, Colombia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

On the outside I didn't really liked it, but when I got inside I loved it. I'm not a religious person but I think this place is very beautiful, specially it's stained glass that goes up until it gets to heaven. I think it is a great way of transmitting the sense of religion, and I think as art (on... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This modern cathedral is a stone pyramid looking thing from the outside but has gorgeous stained glass inside.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

A huge beautiful building that was included on the tour we went too. Sure was amazing, and relaxing sitting down and trying to sink the experience in. Would definitely recommend and go here again. Felt safe. Public toilets available too.

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is a wonderful cathedral, which has a unique design to most other churches. The glass bricks/windows along the height of the cathedral let in a lot of light which makes photo taking much better. There was only a few masses at this cathedral sadly, sunday mass is only at 930 from memoroy.

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Doha
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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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