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Rua Sobral, s/n 0, Fortaleza, State of Ceara, Brazil
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

This big and beautiful Cathedral in Fortaleza is worth a visit. It´s open daytime apart from Mondays. Other times like evenings check their website when it is Mass or other events. It was dated in 1978 so it is relatively new, but due to the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

It is said this cathedral was inspired by the Cologne Cathedral in Germany and is the third largest in Brazil holding up to 5000 people. The exterior is impressive and the interior vast. It's always interesting to wander along the niches and stations and alcoves...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed April 25, 2018

One of the best known constructions gathers elements of the school architecture Gothic. Located in downtown, Fortaleza/Ceará (Brazil), near Central Popular Market and Army Headquarter.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed March 28, 2018 via mobile

It is really cavernous inside but not overdone like some cathedrals. The stained glass windows are bright and colourful whilst the walls and ceilings are white coloured. This is also within a couple of minutes walking distance to the Mencado Central.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed January 30, 2018 via mobile

The Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Joseph is worth visiting if you are already in the area, but it is not worth going out of your way to see. The exterior is stucco covered in a black grime and the neighborhood is a bit sketchy. Inside...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

A lovely cathedral near the market. Gothic architectural style, sparsely, but tastefully, decorated with beautiful white walls and stained glass windows. Check it out. 👍🏻👌🏻🙏🏻

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2017

stop by if youre visiting fortaleza's city center. there's a lot of other attractions within walking distance.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed April 21, 2017 via mobile

What I would say for this attraction is that should be combined with the Mercado Central tour. Then it would pay the visit. To go there just for the cathedral, then it could be disappointing, once there is nothing else in the surroundings.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed March 4, 2017

From the outside thisc begrimed Roman-Gothic Cathedral with its twein spires dominating the surrounding arwea, and the buttresses so reminiscent of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, could understandably be mistaken for neo-Gothic and old. It is far from venerabler, however: construction of thuis edifice began...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed February 20, 2017

From the outside it doesn't look very inviting and in an unpleasant neighbourhood, but inside it is very nice, austere, but nice. The stained glass windows are a highlight and the chapel is bright and welcoming.

Date of experience: February 2017
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