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“Well worth a look at this modern cathedral”

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian
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Owner description: 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!
Melbourne, Australia
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“Well worth a look at this modern cathedral”
Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

Like all the reviews say this Cathedral looks more like a modern art museum from the exterior with its almost ugly grey conical shape, however its absolutely worth taking some time to appreciate this rather unusually modern Catherdral.
Inside it is spacious with its 400m high ceiling and large open doorways on three sides make it a cool spot to take a moment to find some peace from the hot sun.

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“Looks can be deceiving...go inside before judging”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

I saw this on a tour of the city and was not impressed on first sight as it looks like a grey concrete pyramid. However, it is really amazing inside. The stained class windows are sublime and there are a few other interesting things to see inside. Probably not one for kids - well not for too long - but they might be quite impressed by the size & space inside. Definitely worth seeing if you have time, especially for the huge & colourful stained class windows - I hope my photos do them justice!

Visited October 2012
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Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“when you enter it's breathtaking”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

from outside it doesn't look like a very attractive place to see. but once you enter it's really breathtaking. suddenly you are in a huge space with glass windows. suddenly you don 't hear the noise of metropolis. just silence. enjoy it.

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Eye Catching Cathedral”
Reviewed February 7, 2013 via mobile

My eyes were immediately drawn to this building when I was coming down from the lapa stairs. It looks like something the ancient Mayans would have made. It was beautiful inside too with its immense stained glass windows. The lapa arches are nearby as well, which are also well worth seeing.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 28, 2013 via mobile

While the architecture is simple, the sheer size and the effect of the light (coming through the top and the side coloured mirrors) create quite a sight. Definitely worth a photo or two.

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