Catedral Metropolitana, Brasilia

#1 of 2,040 in Historic Sites in Brazil
Must see · Religious Site · Architectural Building
A concrete hyperboloid architecture constructed from 16 concrete columns, Catedral Metropolitana is a landmark cathedral by Oscar Niemeyer. This contemporary structure is surprising large on the inside considering its small exterior because the cathedral is largely built underground. As you stroll along the entrance pathway, bronze statues of the four apostles greet you.

You'll walk through a dark tunnel under a reflecting pool surrounding the roof to enter the building. This pool helps to cool the building. Walls lined with white marble and three angels suspended from the ceiling create a light, airy feel. Although you'll feel like you're entering a dark, solemn, and small space, intense natural welcomes you through the large roof's 2,000 m2 (22,000 sq ft) of stained glass. Plan your Catedral Metropolitana visit and explore what else you can see and do in Brasilia using our Brasilia trip planning site.
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  • The cathedral is one of the most representative icons of the city. It is striking for its small size and spatiality in contrast to the desolation of the urban space that surrounds it.  more »
  • I really loved to visit it, outside it seems to be quite small, but when you get inside you realize that it's not, big part of the structure is underground. It's pretty beautiful inside and most part....  more »
  • So beautiful!I am very excited to visit this place 🤘🤘🤘
  • The highlight of Brasilia. Iconic outside, gorgeous inside. The acoustics are incredible.

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