Catedral Metropolitana, Brasilia

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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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  • October 5, 2017
    Place not to be missed, who visit Brasilia cannot stop visiting the Cathedral with stained glass Windows and peculiar architecture.
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  • October 5, 2017
    Nice place, but it lacks the care, cleaning on the top inside, where white paint, it's been a while since I clean!
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  • October 5, 2017
    For those who love architecture, this is a visual experience and exceptional hearing a work of art of the recently deceased Brazilian Niemeyer architect not to be missed during a stay in Brasilia
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