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“impressive structure! a must see for architecture lovers”

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian
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Downtown Rio de Janeiro Walking Tour
Ranked #100 of 752 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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!
Reviewed July 2, 2013

Although the outside did not seem too impressive at first, once I walked I a realized this was one of the most impressive structures I have been in. The sheer size was unexpected and humbling. The massive stained glass windows were beautiful. The church lights up a night, although the rotating colors are a bit much.

A must see for architecture lovers and definitely worth a visit for anyone exploring the downtown/lapa area. Fairly easy to find since you can view the church from many areas.

Thank egallerie
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

I was wondering why they would take us to a church in Rio. Especially one that looks like a concrete pyramid.

But enter this catherdral and the stained glass windows fill it with light. it is amazing.

Spend some time here to admire the stained glass windows and the amazing architecture.

Thank QFChucky
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

What a surprise while on our tour of Rio! While visiting other attractions in Rio, our guide made a quick stop here to let us walk through. We ended up spending a little more time than we expected when we got inside and saw the beautiful architecture and stained glass windows! Really unique circular design with simple sculptures scattered around. We were there on a sunny day, affording us bright views of the pretty stained glass. Worth the stop indeed - thanks Claudio!

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Yes the building is good, stained glass walls are quite nice. But not much else to enjoy. Try to go on a weekend. If it is included in a day tour, then no harm, otherwise don't see a point to go out specifically to see this.

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Reviewed April 4, 2013

Awesome place in a great area. Beautiful building inside although does not look it from the outside. Petrolbas Br HQ over the road. Must see the cathedral if you have time

Thank 496PaulW496
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