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The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian

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Address: Av. 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...

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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An unusual and striking building; even more impressive inside

There is a wide range of opinion about the appearance of the cathedral. Some compare the structure to a pyramid, especially of the South American style. Other has said it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Almunecar, Spain
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Almunecar, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is a wide range of opinion about the appearance of the cathedral. Some compare the structure to a pyramid, especially of the South American style. Other has said it resembles a nuclear power plant. Whichever view you agree with, you will be amazed by the internal presentation. The four walls of the cathedral soar upwards and have massive stained... More 

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Bourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This church is often included in a tour of the city and its architecture is meant to represent a Mayan temple. There are great stained glass windows to see inside and entrance is free but by donation. Worth a visit for 20 minutes or so.

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Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Based on a Mayan pyramid this building allows fresh air to circulate around this structure keeping the 5000 worshippers cool. The stained glass is quite impressive and provides a great photo opportunity. The glass fronted building opposite provides a great reflection of the cathedral.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This concrete cathedral is built like a pyramid with open air entrances. Definitely a must see place. The stained glass and lighting is awesome. There is a statue of pope in one of the openings. This cathedral symbolizes unity of people and is open to weddings. The concrete walls outside have turned a dark color and I hope they will... More 

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we arrived it looked dour and plain. The inside of the cathedral was brilliant. It was a Sunday morning and communion was being served but did not stop viewing the inside. The flowers were beautiful on the altars and the stainless glass windows stunning. Apparently they represented morning noon and night. We saw some singers walking down the aisle... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this cathedral is very impressive, the glass work is stunning and it is breathtaking, there is a carriage used by the portuguese when Brazil was a colony, try if you can to attend mass as you accoustic is impressive

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Georgetown, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This doesn't look like a church but like some kind of pyramidal cement structure. Wait 'til you walk through the decorated doors and gaze on the huge stained glass windows inside. Cross of Christ over the altar is intriguing. A beautiful place to visit.

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Houston, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Cool looking Cathedral. We weren't here long, we just stopped for a couple minutes on our tour Rio so we couldn't really take in that much. Looks like a typical Church from the inside but it does have a very interesting cone structure to the building.

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Punta del Este, Uruguay
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Outstanding if interested in modern style big churches, 4 large, really large colored glass wall/ceilings, working church.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

I'm not a big fan of cathedrals but this is unique. It's not that old and contains four large stained glass windows plus an overall capacity of around 5,000. A superb building which left me amazed

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