Catedral Metropolitana

Catedral Metropolitana, Brasilia

Catedral Metropolitana
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Another structure by award-winning architect Oscar Niemeyer, this landmark cathedral features stunning interior glasswork.
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German F
Milan, Italy154 contributions
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Aug 2021
The cathedral is one of the most representative icons of the city. It is striking for its small size and spatiality in contrast to the desolation of the urban space that surrounds it.
Written September 4, 2021
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thiagog
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The most beautiful cathedral i've visited
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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christof124
Pirenopolis, GO6 contributions
The Cathedral of Brasilia - a place not to be missed
Dec 2020
One of the "do not miss" places in the whole world. Entering the interior of the cathedral is every time a breathtaking moment! Architecture at its very best and beautiful!
Written December 11, 2020
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agusticassa
Girona, Spain1,514 contributions
the visit nº 1
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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peterh125
Rugeley, UK996 contributions
Impressively Small!
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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bsbpassos
Brasilia, DF3 contributions
Taste of heaven
Feb 2020
Pass by the bronze scuptures representing, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, submerge in the entrance tunnel to wake yp in heaven. Notice the light and the angels....
Written March 6, 2020
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John K
Orlando, FL74 contributions
Breathtaking
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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Sylvestre A
Accra, Ghana697 contributions
Stunning architecture
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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Jonny041
London, UK699 contributions
Beautiful!
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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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada19,934 contributions
Beautiful inside (looking up) :)
Feb 2019
If Heaven is a big wide sky with beautiful colors (not bright & flashy but more of "serene colors") & angels floating in it, there's a "good representation" (in my opinion) of just such a place inside this cathedral except for floating angels where the three of them here are secured from the ceiling by threads or such (but still a pretty good "floating appearance" & being positioned one above another). And while inside, besides a great view above & a nice walk around (really a "quite spacious" wide-open interior), also be sure to check out the small area on one side (to the left from the entrance) with some photos of the Cathedral during its construction & opening phases and where there's also on display a hand-written letter by Oscar Niemeyer (the designer of this cathedral), and also on that side but before entering the small area and which you won't miss (due to its size) is a "huge cross" not vertically but horizontally placed which is just "quite a sight" to see.

As for the exterior design (somewhat similar to that of the one in Rio which is also the "main cathedral" of that city both in the shape of a "big cone" or such but with no pointed top), the feature I liked most at this cathedral is its top like a crown worn by a king or such (while at the one in Rio is the small windows altogether forming like a beehive around the face of that cathedral). And as for the other interesting exterior features of this cathedral, there are four larger-than-life statues of "about ten feet tall" just outside on its front grounds (which are those of the saints who wrote the four gospels) & the entrance which is slightly below the ground to go down by ramp (which I found kind of interesting for a place of worship but I guess which was just how it should be when Niemeyer designed the building). And yes, in this city with many "creative-designed" buildings by that great architect, there's also another one of them right across the street from this cathedral, namely Museu Nacional in the shape of a "big dome" (an interesting structure to enter although just a "modern art" museum inside with not much to see at all at the time of my visit).
Written November 29, 2019
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