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The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian

Avenida Republica do Chile 245, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20031-170, Brazil
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With architecture inspired by the Mayan pyramids of Mexico, the conical shape is believed to give proximity to God. Four stained glass windows run from floor to ceiling forming a cross at the top. Acoustics are "heavenly" here!
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Avenida Republica do Chile 245, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20031-170, Brazil
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Reviewed 5 days ago

What makes this stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio is the interesting, unique architectural style that was used to create it. Rising like a conical pyramid/bee hive into the skyline of Rio. The inside is a huge open space with stained glass windows around...More

Thank Tony R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Religions apart, that's a great place to visit. The architecture is amazing from the outside and from the inside. Acoustics are very interesting and the surroundings are also good for tourism. Make sure you go in and explore before going to Lapa, which is 5...More

Thank FernandaTelles
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a day tour of Rio and had no idea we would see this gem on our route. Definitely worth the visit, the pictures do not do it justice. It is in the middle of the town and welcome to all visitors.

Thank Traveler_DD11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our Tour guide took us to see this unusual cathedral on our whirl wind tour of Rio de Janeiro. It is incredibly tall, plain looking on the exterior, almost pyramid/Aztec in shape. Felt very cool inside with huge stained glass windows on all sides, quite...More

Thank nette08
Reviewed 20 May 2017

This cathedral has a very unique architecture. The staining glasses windows are beautiful from inside. Do go into the cathedral to take a look. But it will only take you about 15 - 20 minutes to look around and take photos as a visitor.

Thank Geminican
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Definitely worth visiting and short meditation inside. The architecture is unique enough to surprise even the most travelled visitors. No entry fee, but there are some access limitations due to active Mass services on Sundays

Thank Palek
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Nice old cathedral that is typically dark but has interesting architecture. This was part of our city tour and was a good visit.

Thank Rick_Sue1969
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Loved this Cathedral, it really is like no other we've been to. Incredibly austere yet beautiful in a severe sort of way. Even the exterior is so different, a huge almost pyramidical structure. So modern. The crucifix inside is magnificent. So arresting and striking. The...More

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Reviewed 14 April 2017

This building is unusual and appears to be quite plain if unusual outside. Inside it is a revelation and the light filters in from one side as the sun moves round. Capable of seating many it merits a visit even if you don't like churches.

Thank LynneE68
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Place this on your list of things to do in Rio. The architecture inside and out is astonishing. You can see the altar from anywhere in the cathedral. The ceiling is entirely supported by the four walls that rise up like a pyramid. Somewhere around...More

Thank Cognocity
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