The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, Rio de Janeiro

The seat of a Roman Catholic archdiocese, The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian boasts a celebrated modern design inspired by Mayan pyramids. Dedicated to the city's patron saint, the cathedral features four long strips of colorful stained glass windows, spanning 64 m (210 ft) from the floor to the illuminated cross on the ceiling. The building's construction started in the mid-1960s and took 15 years to complete. Step inside to see the awe-inspiring interior: stripped of any excessive decoration, the spacious hall can accommodate nearly 20,000. See The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian and all Rio de Janeiro has to offer by arranging your trip with our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planner.
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  • The Cathedral of Rio breaks with the traditional architecture of Catholic churches and is encouraged to innovate with modern and unconventional touches. On the outside, it stands out its funnel-like shape, and inside, the magnificent stained-out stained-stained windows.
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  • Such an amazing building. Looks like a Mayan temple with amazing stained glass inside. It may only a few minutes to visit but it is totally different to most cathedrals you will visit  more »
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