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Catedral Metropolitana, Brasilia

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Religious Site Architectural Building
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 itinerary builder.
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  • Beautiful and quiet place to visit. For architecture and art lovers. By the side of the church there is a local market of flowers made with leftover from trees of Cerrado, our Morphoclimatic domain. Y...  more »
  • It is, in fact, one of the most beautiful constructions in Brasilia (a city dominated by the modernistic touch of Oscar Niemeyer) Not as beautiful from the inside, in my opinion...  more »
  • An excellent attraction in Brasília. It is just one of the Oscar Niemeyer's Project and you can access this by public transportation. The architecture is incredible and worth seeing.  more »