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Catedral de São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro (Catedral Metropolitana)

Catedral de São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro (Catedral Metropolitana) Review

The exterior of this circa-1960 metropolitan cathedral, which looks like a concrete beehive, divides opinion. The daring modern design stands in sharp contrast to the baroque style of other churches in Rio, but don't judge until you've stepped inside. When light floods through the colorful stained-glass windows it transforms the interior—which is 80 meters (263 feet) high and 96 meters (315 feet) in diameter—into a warm, serious place of worship that accommodates up to 20,000 people. An 8½-ton granite rock lends considerable weight to the concept of an altar.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Av. República do Chile 245, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, 20031–170 | Map It
  • Phone: 021/2240–2669
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Daily 7–6
  • Website:
  • Metrô: Carioca or Cinelândia.
  • Location: Centro
Updated: 06-20-2013

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