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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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The most unusual Cathedral we have ever visited - looks rather like Maya temple

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wroclaw, Poland
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San Jose
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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.

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Wroclaw, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Sandy, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 559 helpful votes
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 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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 20,000 parishioners can be seated for one service. There are four enormous stained glass windows... More 

Thank Cognocity
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

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

Thank Linda F
Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

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.

Thank Tommy599
Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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Reviewed 22 March 2017 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 21 March 2017

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

Thank Julie A

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