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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 itinerary builder.
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  • Worth knowing. Opens the 11; 12:00 am on Monday. Beautiful place and very quiet. Have parking facilities. See the replica of a sculpture by Michelangelo. Linda
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  • The Cathedral is beautiful, but we went on Sunday and was going to mass and we couldn't visit the Cathedral inside, we return on Monday of Carnival and was closed to visitation.
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  • Really cool place, very busy, a lot of tourists there. Very safe. There are a lot of cops there on the day we visited.
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