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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
+55(21)2240-2669
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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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"stained glass"
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"interesting architecture"
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"bell tower"
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"mayan pyramid"
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"modern structure"
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"patron saint"
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"different colors"
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"awe inspiring"
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"city tour"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Our guide added a visit as an extra and we’re glad he did. It’s not your usual cathedral but a minimalist modern structure with intriguing design and stunning stained glass. Well worth a visit.

Thank davemartin3
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Definitely worth a quick visit, so different to any other cathedral. Wouldn’t say it’s anything amazing , but might be more impressive if there’s a mass.

Thank Wase C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From the outside the cathedral looks like a concrete wigwam, an architectural oddity. From the inside is is a stained glass masterpiece, and the external design comes to light, with the building being self ventilating.

Thank Ridon1973
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After all the historic Baroque worship spaces, this was a breathtaking change. The odd exterior gives way to beautiful stained glass and just enough natural light to see the beautiful interior. I thought it was stunning.

Thank revjcs
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well, as you can see from these reviews, there is a bit of diversity of opinions when it comes to the metropolitan cathedral. Let's get the white elephant out of the equation first: it does not look like a cathedral from outside. When I first...More

Thank DincerP
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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

The building itself is shape like Pyramid from outside . Inside the building : White glass in the shape of the Cross on Roof top allowed natural light and symbolise Holy Spirit The beautiful colour tinted glass With Pope figure meaning one god The tinted...More

Thank Happy258
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Reviewed 6 June 2018

I thought this building looked like a termite nest, but it is based on a Mayan pyramid design. It is very plain, 75 metres high on the inside, with 4 huge stained glass windows, each 64 metres high.. It also has a nice hanging crucifix...More

1  Thank Fiona1110
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

There's no other cathedral like this one in Rio. Totally unique architectural experience. It doesn't look like much from the outside - in fact, it almost looks industrial - but on the inside it is awe-inspiring. 100% worth a visit.

1  Thank worldgirl11
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Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

It’s amazing architecture it’s so unique it’s incredible loved it It’s a sort of a pyramid shape the stain glass colours are a sight to see with its lovely grounds & statue of mother Teresa There’s a wonderful reflection of the Cathedral from building across...More

Thank Vivienne N Keit... A
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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

Outside is the artistic bell tower and on the grounds in front of the entrance, to the left, is a statue of Mother Teresa. Inside four tall stained glass windows make for a spectacular sight. The reflection of the Cathedral building (shaped like a Mayan...More

1  Thank Mary T
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