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The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian

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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!
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Avenida Republica do Chile 245, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20031-170, Brazil
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

You don't need long but worth seeing. Huge. Unusual architecture. Worth seeing. Reminds me of the Mayan designs and architecture in Mexico. Located in down town. We stopped for about ten to fifteen minutes here.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed July 8, 2019

When our tour guide said he was taking us to visit a cathedral we had visions of a traditional "gothic" type building. Well what a suprise this cathedral was. So beautiful inside, just marvelled at the incredibal stained glass window arrangement. So pleased we stopped...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 2, 2019 via mobile

Such an amazing building. Looks like a Mayan temple with amazing stained glass inside. It may only a few minutes to visit but it is totally different to most cathedrals you will visit

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed April 29, 2019 via mobile

I gather some people have expectations of what a church should look like. Well, this isn't, and was never intended to be, your normal church. It is truly extraordinary - inspired by the Mayan Pyramids, the Mexican artist has created something amazing. It can hold...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 14, 2019

Our tour stopped here for a few minutes. From the outside, this looks like an ugly gray concrete teepee. Inside, it is just one large open area with lots of seats. There is some stained glass in a couple of the walls. It is not...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed April 12, 2019

This cathedral is definitely not what you're use to. Initially it looks quite ugly until you step inside, that's when you get to experience it's true beauty. The stain glass windows are stunning and the clear cross ceiling is very symbolic. The altar area is...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 26, 2019 via mobile

Is this art? Wtf. Maybe I don’t understand what the art means. Ugly from the outside, weird from the inside.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 25, 2019

This cathedral looks like a big pyramid structure from outside. It is magnificent. From inside it is mind blowing. It has three sided colorful panels which meets at the cross on the ceiling. Said a small prayer once we entered this place. Its so peaceful...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Zarin S
Reviewed March 22, 2019

This cathedral is dominated by many tall buildings that surround it and it looks petite in comparison, but once inside it is a delight. Beautiful stained glass panels in an unusual pyramid structure, which from the outside looks unloved, with a bell tower that could...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank William P
Reviewed March 20, 2019 via mobile

Don't fool yourself ... although the cathedral is 'brand new' (built from 1964-1979) and looks like an ancient Mayan pyramid, it's beautiful when you go inside. The incredible high roof combined with the huge glass mosaics makes a short visit to this place worthwhile experience.

Date of experience: March 2019
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