Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

The seat of a Roman Catholic archdiocese, Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro boasts a celebrated modern design inspired by Mayan pyramids. Dedicated to the city's patron saint, the cathedral features four long strips of colorful stained glass windows, spanning 64 m (210 ft) from the floor to the illuminated cross on the ceiling. The building's construction started in the mid-1960s and took 15 years to complete. Step inside to see the awe-inspiring interior: stripped of any excessive decoration, the spacious hall can accommodate nearly 20,000. Arrange to visit Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro and other attractions in Rio de Janeiro using our Rio de Janeiro holiday planner.
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Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro Reviews
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  • August 12, 2017
    Gloomy from the outside but impressive from inside - this church is interesting for a short visit while in the area.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    With a modernist architecture, the Cathedral has the form of a gigantic cone. Is located in downtown Rio. The stained glass Windows are beautiful. I haven't found anything exceptional.
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  • August 6, 2017
    With an exotic foreign architecture, the internal environment is especially beautiful and imposing, with a modern reading of religious environment.
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  • July 10, 2017
    Really impressive place! Design is really funny. Inside it's kinda holy, and huge. You should give a look!
  • July 21, 2017
    A mere exercise of how pile up concrete with a pit set of colourful glasses. A "brutal" architecture that turns the city a gray and insolity place to live.
  • June 28, 2017
    A very unique and beautiful cathedral. The highlight are the stain glass windows that run down the length of its pyramid like structure!
  • April 6, 2017
    great and very unique Cathedral made entirely of cement giant stain glass windows are amazing. once again my skin burst into flames a few times and my eyes gushed blood until i was back in the car.
  • April 23, 2017
    One of a kind... cathedral. People who don't know about it would never guess what's inside.

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