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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
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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 2 weeks ago

which is on most walking tours (free) or can be sought out if you are in Centro or Lapa. Be careful of Lapa though, shady characters throughout!

Thank mikeazzo
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Gloomy from the outside but impressive from inside - this church is interesting for a short visit while in the area.

Thank ogol17
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

An interesting example of modernist architecture, and very different from any other church I've seen in South America. My first association was with the Basilica of Guadalupe, although there were built by different architects. As others said, it is big, free and quiet as there...More

Thank Susana61
Reviewed 8 July 2017

This huge cathedral is definitely original in it's shape and in some of the art pieces that are inside. The entrance is free and it is probably unlike any other cathedral you've visited before so if you are around drop by it, it is a...More

Thank Guillaume M
Reviewed 7 July 2017

You'd never guess that this conical-shaped building was a church from the outside. My first thought that came to mind was of the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, architecturally speaking. Completed in 1979 at a height of 246 feet high, the concrete behemoth can seat 5,000...More

1  Thank MauiWorldTravelers
Reviewed 4 July 2017

While at the Sugar Loaf mountain, get a veiw of the building that is behind the cathedral. You can see the Cross shape of this building so distinctly. You can also see the cathedral from the top of the Sugar Loaf on a clear day.

Thank Kishkush
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Very unique cathedral that is beautiful. It is within walking distance of the Escadaria Selaron, Lapa Arches, and in the middle of the centro district. It was free to enter. It was quite and there were only a few other visitors. They have a small...More

Thank Foodie8621
Reviewed 24 June 2017

What makes this stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio is the interesting, unique architectural style that was used to create it. Rising like a conical pyramid/bee hive into the skyline of Rio. The inside is a huge open space with stained glass windows around...More

Thank Tony R
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Religions apart, that's a great place to visit. The architecture is amazing from the outside and from the inside. Acoustics are very interesting and the surroundings are also good for tourism. Make sure you go in and explore before going to Lapa, which is 5...More

Thank FernandaTelles
Reviewed 21 June 2017

We booked a day tour of Rio and had no idea we would see this gem on our route. Definitely worth the visit, the pictures do not do it justice. It is in the middle of the town and welcome to all visitors.

Thank Traveler_DD11
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