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The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian

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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 4 days ago via mobile

You only need max an hour in this place but it’s well worth it. It’s very different to anything you will see anywhere else and the stained glass and scale of the place is amazing. Well worth a visit!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank toat235
Reviewed 6 days ago

There are so many beautiful churches in south america, this church lacks that beauty. It looks like an Inca pyramid and is open air, the stained glass is somewhat pretty? Its in the city center, nothing else to see.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank la90036
Reviewed 6 days ago

This looks nothing like any cathedral you've seen before. It's quite impressive though, especially when you understand why it was built that way. worth visiting it as part of a tour, so you get to know more about it.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank bogdanp596
Reviewed 1 week ago

This cathedral is uniquely different and kind of ugly beautiful. It looks a little like a pyramid from the outside, the stained glass windows on the inside are simply divine and the sheer scale mesmerising. located near the famous steps of Escadaria Selaron, so nice...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sinderella3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s difficult to understand in what was thinking the architect but the inside view really changes your opinion.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank B1758CPangelg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Inspired by Inca architecture, the cathedral is a modern piece of architecture. It dwarfs you when you enter into what is a large unconventional cupola, decorated by four gigantic stain glass panels that provide lighting together with a cross shaped glass roof. A cross hangs...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AnneML63
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They say it holds as 2,000 parishioners. The shape from the outside appears to be a Mayan pyramid and on the inside it appears to resemble the atrium of a tall hotel like the Luxor of Las Vegas. The altar is in the middle of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank McFerrid
Reviewed 13 December 2018 via mobile

Not the traditional cathedral design, but certainly worth a visit. Resembling a steep sided, stepped, multi faceted pyramidal structure, more associated with the ancient civilisations of South America, the design is certainly unique. Built of grey, weathered concrete,internally four stain glass windows extend the height...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Stopped here on my guided tour. Very interesting architecture on the building. Very big open space. Pictures are allowed Lots of vendors outside selling mometo’s Worth a quick look but not a lot to do on site I would recommend from a historical and architectural...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 361stephenv
Reviewed 10 December 2018 via mobile

Not particularly impressive from the outside but quite amazing and very different on the inside. Huge stained glass windows and a real sense of grandure.

Date of experience: November 2018
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