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Catedral Metropolitana

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Stunning space

Must see if you are in Brasilia. Considering the other attractions close by this area is a must... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Launceston, Australia
Worth the Walk

We have been staying a little far away from the city center, but decided to walk anyways. This... read more

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Another structure by award-winning architect Oscar Niemeyer, this landmark cathedral features stunning interior glasswork.
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Near the Ministry Buildings, Brasilia, Federal District 70050-000, Brazil
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Must see if you are in Brasilia. Considering the other attractions close by this area is a must see. Beautiful semi subterranean cathedral that sums up the design philosophy of this city. Light and spacious area that seem bigger inside than outside.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been staying a little far away from the city center, but decided to walk anyways. This cathedral is architecturally interesting from the outside, and absolutely beautiful inside. Definitely suggest a visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed November 12, 2018

This monument was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, The cathedral is a hyperboloid structure constructed from 16 concrete columns, weighing 90 tons each. Under this is suspended a 2,000-square-meter (22,000 sq ft) stained glass work originally created in 1990 by Marianne Peretti, in shades of blue,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Patricia M
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Very different architecture for a worship place, designed by a communist, on the boulevard of the political power in the country's capital. Worth a visit. The light is present everywhere in the cathedral that is an iconic of Brasilia's architecture. A must see.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

Is a pleasure to down the entrance and be surprised by the colorful view, the altar filled with white flowers. The Angels clinging up above like guarding the altar: is simply perfect. The spaces inside are enchanted by the stetic of the stone and Cristal...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

One of the greatest architectural wonders of Brasilia is without doubt its unusual cathedral, a work by the self-declared communist Oscar Niemeyer, which shows that you don't have to be a Christian to build a great church. From far already one can see this hyperboloid...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

Is a different and amazing cathedral. Not very nice to get in to. Brasilia, despite a planned and new city doesn´t care much where you park your car or even if you want to walk if there are safe and nice sidewalks. But the Cathedral...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Adriana d
Reviewed October 2, 2018

This architectural beauty of Brasilia shows the spirit of the design of Brasilia a quiet place to stroll and enjoy the architecture, art. Not the best place to go to a concert! The acoustics are not very good.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Nadine G
Reviewed September 21, 2018

The cathedral has a grand entrance across the open parkland with a parade of statues. The Oscar Niemeyer crown of thorns design is legendary. I had expected such an impressive building to be larger (capacity is perhaps 500) but I was impressed by its airy,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

A must see in the city. Visited after lunch and the place was very quiet. A few students and people praying. Very calm place, with beautiful hanging statues and a knick knack shop inside to buy a few gifts for friends. Must visit and also...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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February 1, 2018|
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Response from robertpH3508TX | Reviewed this property |
Saturday evening usually 6 pm Sunday morning 8 am Varies from church to church but these are the most frequent times The cathedral is still open to public during mass too
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August 06, 2009|
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Around 10 Reais if you have an honest driver and no traffic. There is also a bus that goes along Av. Nossa Senhora de Copacabana that reads "Urca", but the taxi will be faster and easier.
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Taxis are cheap. Public transport is crowded at rush hours. Your itinerary is relatively relaxed. There are lots of excellent children's playgrounds.