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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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08:00 - 17:00
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

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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A Cathedral Like No Other

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... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 place is massive and so unique that it's a real breath of fresh air. We... More 

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Norfolk England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 20,000 parishioners can be seated for one service. There are four enormous stained glass windows... More 

Thank Cognocity
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wierd pyramid looking building. Nice stained glass. Best part was the reflection in the building across the street. I liked the old cathedral better

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Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

impressed with this modern art 1975 design of this unique cone-shaped structure with a capacity of 20,000 people standing or as usually configured 5,000 seated. A Mass was ongoing, with the bishop officiating, although none was on the schedule for that afternoon.

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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pyramidal grey building from the exterior that does not refer to the beautiful interior which also inspires greatness and holiness it is a must see

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 18 March 2017

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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Reviewed 13 March 2017

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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Reviewed 12 March 2017

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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