Catedral Metropolitana, Rio de Janeiro
Very few buildings in Rio divide opinion as much as the Catedral Metropolitana, also known as the Catedral de Sao Sebastiao. An enormous concrete cone covered in tiny rectangular windows, the building intrigues some visitors and repels others. Designed by Edgar de Oliveira da Fonseca, the city's modernist cathedral cannot be fully appreciated from the outside, however. Once inside the cavernous building, those tiny windows begin to make aesthetic sense when, on a sunny day, light streams through them into the building. Beautifully ornate stained-glass windows can't fail to catch the eye, and nor can the huge wooden cross suspended from the ceiling
When we were waiting for the Santa Teresa Tram at the Carioca Station, we spotted the city's cathedral – and a couple of days later we came back to visit the spectacular Cathedral.
The official name is ‘Catedral Metropolitana do Rio de Janeiro’ or ‘Catedral de São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro’ and is the seat of the cardinal archbishop of Rio de Janeiro. The Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Sebastian, the patron saint of Rio de Janeiro.
The first cathedral in Rio was from 1676, but the current church was built between 1964 and 1979. It was huge with an internal diameter of 96 meters, an overall height of 75 meters, and room for around 20000 people! A fascinating building and so different from many old cathedrals around the world. Its unique architecture reminded me of an ancient Mexican pyramid.
Rio is a city of contrasts. The colonial architecture provides a reminder of the past while striking modern buildings provide a glimpse into the future.
Far from postcards, downtown is full of contrasts: here, one of the Portuguese colonial architecture's jewels and some skyscrapers. The elegant profile of the old buildings contrasts with it's modern neighbours.
Built from 1964 to 1979 the Catedral Metropolitana is 80 meters high and has a diameter of 106 meters. It is big enough for 20,000 people standing.
The car ride back from the Cathedral is stunning. As you enter the financial center you start running into landmarks like the "glass cube but some parts missing" building of Petrobras and the inflated Chippendale's highboy at Rio Branco.
You can always discover something new what the residents do not realize because these buildings are a part of their everyday life.
The cathedral was built in 1976 and is situated in the financial centre of the city. It is the shape of truncated cone, 106 metres in diameter at the base & 96 metres high.
The inside has capacity for 20,000 worshipers & is worth a visit. Standing in the centre surrounded by four huge stained-glass windows that are filtering in the sunlight is a magical experience.
Probably the most extrange church/cathedral I have ever seen.
If you look at that from outside it hasn´t got cross form like most of the churches, instead of that it has cone form, and the cross is in another tower about 20 metres from that.
Inside the cathedral there is a Christ hanging from the roof, but it seems to be floating. There´s also a white carriage inside the cathedral, don´t ask me why...
It used to apear in a TV spot some years ago in the FIFA Campions League matches, I think that it was related to PS2.
Really interestin building.
* Sartudays: 9.00 - 11.00
* Sundays: 13.00 - 16.00
This cone-shaped concrete and glass building was begun in 1964 and was inaugurated in 1976. It's definately worth a look inside to see the four large stained-glass windows. The cathedral is 80 meters high and has a diameter of 106 meters and is big enough to accommodate some 20,000 standing people.
Open daily from 7am-5.30pm.
If you like modern architecture, you'll like the Catedral Metropolitana de Sao Sebastiao. It's quite gray and unspectacular from the outside (despite it's shape) but it's amazingly fascinating inside.
Different from other cathedrals all over the world, this is a really nice example of modern architecture. The one in Brasilia is even more impressive, but then again, it's just different!
I guess my picture says it all...