Orthodox Cathedral, Sao Paulo

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#8 of 32 in Historic Sites in Sao Paulo
You can spot the iconic golden dome of this major architectural landmark from quite a distance. Sao Paulo's Orthodox Cathedral, which is dedicated to the city's namesake Saint Paul, is the only cathedral of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch in Brazil and one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world. The famous Hagia Sophia of Istanbul inspired the design. Construction of this Byzantine church began in the 1940s under the supervision of Paul Taufick Camasmie. In later years, several Russian artists participated in its decoration. When compared to other Eastern Orthodox churches, one of the distinctive architectural characteristics of this building, is that the iconostasis (a wall of icons and religious paintings separating the main body of the church from the altar) is made of marble, rather than wood. Stay for mass and hear the local choir sing ancient Gregorian chants. Use our Sao Paulo tourist route planner to visit Orthodox Cathedral on your trip to Sao Paulo, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • July 24, 2017
    I've never been in a church before, and enjoyed that! On the outside, especially with night lighting, she's pretty enough, but visit inside becomes a surprise even more rewarding! Architecture, stained glass Windows, paintings, everything is pretty much in your interior, I was delighted! What really draws attention for being different in other churches is the altar. When I passed in front of the gates were closed, as well as the front door, but it was only asking for a security that he authorised my entry from the side.
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  • June 29, 2017
    I haven't been able to get inside her, but I had a couple of times from the outside and she really impresses!
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  • May 16, 2017
    A site that conveys peace, wonderful. Staff polite and helpful. Easy to reach by metro. Worth visiting.
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