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The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian

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Address: Avenida Republica do Chile 245, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20031-170, Brazil
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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With architecture inspired by the Mayan pyramids of Mexico, the conical...

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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Unusual architecture, find a right time to visit it

My personal impression from the cathedral was rather dissatisfying. I found it dark and dirty-looking. But don't be fooled. The unusual style of architecture should be very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Miroslav L
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Prague, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you have a few extra minutes, this unusual and rather enormous cathedral is worth a look. Admission is free

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My personal impression from the cathedral was rather dissatisfying. I found it dark and dirty-looking. But don't be fooled. The unusual style of architecture should be very inspiring - if you find a correct time to visit it. Some hints: Look for the time when the sun shines through stained glass window(s). Look for the time, when there is some... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stained glass panels inside the church form a cross on the ceiling. Jesus is skillfully hung from the ceiling. Free to visit, and you can take as many photos as you want. Not a lot of tourists here. Statues inside are nice. Pews traditional and wooden. Quick visit while in Rio, well worth seeing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I liked this Cathedral from the outside in an intriguing sort of way, but I really loved it from the inside, striking and well worth seeing. 4 stained glass panels over 30 feet tall each form a cross on the ceiling. Jesus is artfully hung from the ceiling and is in the middle of the room, which is a nice... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited here as part of a excursion around Rio, the one thing you can say it is clearly different form any other RC cathedral we have ever seen. To us it looked similar to a pyramid or an Aztec temple but it is certainly stunning and eye-catching. The inside is quite magnificent with four large stain glass windows going right... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This building is out of the expected structure we are used to for a Christian Cathedral and really deserve the visit. Built up in 1979 by Edgar Fonseca architect, it looks like a huge facetted cone cut on the top. Inside , the 30t high celeing allows the colored glass representing the bible scenes to cut off a magic colored... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a wide range of opinion about the appearance of the cathedral. Some compare the structure to a pyramid, especially of the South American style. Other has said it resembles a nuclear power plant. Whichever view you agree with, you will be amazed by the internal presentation. The four walls of the cathedral soar upwards and have massive stained... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This church is often included in a tour of the city and its architecture is meant to represent a Mayan temple. There are great stained glass windows to see inside and entrance is free but by donation. Worth a visit for 20 minutes or so.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Based on a Mayan pyramid this building allows fresh air to circulate around this structure keeping the 5000 worshippers cool. The stained glass is quite impressive and provides a great photo opportunity. The glass fronted building opposite provides a great reflection of the cathedral.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

This concrete cathedral is built like a pyramid with open air entrances. Definitely a must see place. The stained glass and lighting is awesome. There is a statue of pope in one of the openings. This cathedral symbolizes unity of people and is open to weddings. The concrete walls outside have turned a dark color and I hope they will... More 

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