Included in a one day tour of Rio de Janeiro was a visit to this beautiful cathedral. When we arrived the outside of the building did not inspire us to go inside but were we glad that we did. The inside of the cathedral is beautiful to say the least. The four stained glass sides of the structure with the sun pouring in to light up the inside was awe inspiring. The way that the four side panels meet up in the ceiling (80 metres above) to form a cross also adds to the pyramid effect. The cathedral can accommodate 20,000 people. The interior quickly captures the solemn side of the visit and walking around and looking at the many statues, murals, paintings and other images leaves you with a feeling of peace. The cathedral is away from the main Copacabana/Ipanema beach area so you would need to take a taxi or bus to downtown Rio to the site.
Our grandson is not impressed easily but even he admitted that it was the most inspiring church he has ever been in. This is a must see for anyone who is interested in architecture, beautiful stain glass windows, not just for those of the Catholic faith.
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