Catedral Metropolitana
Catedral Metropolitana
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Another structure by award-winning architect Oscar Niemeyer, this landmark cathedral features stunning interior glasswork.
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peterh125
Rugeley, UK971 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Externally I had imagined that this would be an exceptionally large structure and the reality is it is not! However that's because the majority of the building is underground with only the stained glass coronet breaking through into daylight. Entrance is by a wide ramp giving the impression of walking into a UFO like structure. Once inside the space opens up with a large sculpted angel "flying" from the ceiling - the entire space surrounded by a kaleidoscope of colourful stained glass
Written March 14, 2020
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Sylvestre A
Accra, Ghana683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Cathedral has a very unique architecture, I have never seen anything of that kind. It’s amazing both from inside and outside. It’s mostly underground with it’s dome showing outside above ground level. To take a good picture have your photographer stand at the entrance below whilst you stand on the top pillar over the doors and take an amazing shot with you and the entire cathedral behind. It’s closed on Carnival holidays also. Other attractions are in the vicinity of the Cathedral and it’s gardens and statues.
Written February 27, 2020
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thiagog
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I really loved to visit it, outside it seems to be quite small, but when you get inside you realize that it's not, big part of the structure is underground. It's pretty beautiful inside and most part of the Cathedral's illumination is natural. It's fairly one of the most beatiful places in Brasilia.
Written April 12, 2021
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OldBear
Wigan, UK10,909 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This Roman Catholic Cathedral is another exquisite example of the Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer. The building’s cornerstone was laid in 1969 but it stalled and was only completed in 1970.

We visited whilst a service was taking place. The interior design and stained glass windows allows daylight to brighten in colour the interior. Our access was via steps to a below ground entrance.

We’ll worth a visit maybe in the evening when the lighting changes!
Written July 31, 2023
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Jonny041
London, UK743 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited on a rainy day but even this couldn’t subtract from the cathedral’s beauty and stylistic design. Inside it was so colourful and, I can imagine, an absolute joy for worshipers.
Written January 26, 2020
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Daniel-SSA
Salvador, BA142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011
In my fifth time in Brasília, I finally got to visit the Cathedral. After a long period of reform for the city's 50th anniversary celebrations, during which the building was closed for visitors, It reopened late 2010 (restorations are delayed and still underway). Since I had plenty of time until my afternoon business meeting, I went there to check it out.

Brasília itself is a wonderful living open-air museum of modernist architecture, signed by the worldwide famous Oscar Niemeyer (architect) and Lucio Costa (urbanist).

If the urban planning is controversial for its empty spaces and challenges imposed to pedestrians, and many of the buildings are criticized for being too flat, the Cathedral is an undisputed masterpiece.

From the outside, it resembles a crown (of thorns?) and inside its fantastic glassworks are more visible and filter the sunlight in a spetacular way. The lack of columns on the inside and the round form make its acoustic almost perfect.

The temple itself (banks, althars, corridors) are a few feet underground, and what you can see from the outside is the upper part of the building, closer to the roof.

Only one thing seems out of place: the souvenir sellers are not in a proper place, but mixed with the four evangelists (Mathew, Mark, Luke and John) statues on the outside, making it almost impossible to take a nice picture of them.

People say it resembles Liverpoool Metropolitan Cathedral, but, if it was an inspiration (possibly it was), Niemeyer improved and perfected its concept to create Brasilia's Cathedral.

Brasília's Metropolitan Cathedral is as important, in its modernist style, as the Cologne Cathedral is for gothic or Saint Peter's Basilica is for renaissance.
Written August 11, 2011
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agusticassa
Girona, Spain1,490 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
the visit number 1 of the city. The architecture of this unique cathedral is wonderful inside and out. Big, immense, truly different.
Written October 4, 2020
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John K
Orlando, FL82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Truly it is. Hard to really put in words the beauty of this structure And the radiating light inside... you just have to go, I cried.
Written February 27, 2020
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VivaMexicoLiz
Mexico City, Mexico552 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I visited the Metropolitan Cathedral with a Rainha da Paz city tour group. It was great to have our guide explain the structure and answer our questions. The exterior is deceptively simple, and the space around the structure guides the visitor inside. We were lucky enough to visit between masses on a Sunday, so we were able to spend more time exploring the splendid interior than we might have otherwise.
Written November 15, 2019
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Nellie11
London, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Amazing building with interesting details.
Egg? Uterus? Angels? Build by an atheist communist.
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Written October 19, 2019
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