Catedral Metropolitana, Brasilia

4.8
#1 of 2,026 in Historic Sites in Brazil
Must see · Architectural Building · Religious Site
A concrete hyperboloid architecture constructed from 16 concrete columns, Catedral Metropolitana is a landmark cathedral by Oscar Niemeyer. This contemporary structure is surprising large on the inside considering its small exterior because the cathedral is largely built underground. As you stroll along the entrance pathway, bronze statues of the four apostles greet you.

You'll walk through a dark tunnel under a reflecting pool surrounding the roof to enter the building. This pool helps to cool the building. Walls lined with white marble and three angels suspended from the ceiling create a light, airy feel. Although you'll feel like you're entering a dark, solemn, and small space, intense natural welcomes you through the large roof's 2,000 m2 (22,000 sq ft) of stained glass. Plan your Catedral Metropolitana visit and explore what else you can see and do in Brasilia using our Brasilia trip planning site.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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....  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • Amazing place, detail in acoustics. Take the test of talking to the walls ;)
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