Other Cathedrals, Rio de Janeiro
This Evangelical cathedral is located to the west of the Santo Antonio Church and Monastery. It looks pretty modern inside and out. It does have a website which somehow shows it in a picture without the huge skyscrapper behind it. Either the building behind it was built since the picture was taken or someone has airbrushed it out is up to you to decide!
The most striking sight in downtown Rio is probably the ultra modern cathedral. It is built in the shape of a pyramid and is quite stark in appearance – indeed from the outside reminded me of a lunar landing module, although it is intended to resemble a volcano. But once inside you can appreciate the richly coloured stained glass windows which run in vertical panels from floor to ceiling.
The Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro is dedicated to Saint Sebastian, the patron saint of Rio de Janeiro. It was designed by architect Edgar Fonceca between 1964 and 1979 and replaced a series of old churches that had served as cathedrals since 1676. It is conical in form, with a 96 metres (315 ft) internal diameter and an overall height of 75 metres (246 ft). It has a standing-room capacity of 20,000 people. The four great stained glass windows rise 64 metres (210 ft) from floor to ceiling. If you enjoy modern architecture this is a sight not to be missed – I’ve seen it described as the most ugly cathedral in the world, but with an interior like this I can’t agree!
Located in Downtown behind the first aqueduct of the city is the conical cathedral of Rio de Janeiro. It was started in 1964 and was completed in 1976 . It is 83 metres in height . Inside it is 12 sides, with four stained coloured glass reaching up the full height to a cross shaped roof of lights.
Rio's Cathedral is not a common church; it is a magnificent building, an excellent sample of modern architecture.
La Catedral de Río no es una iglesia común; es un edificio magnífico, una excelente muestra de arquitectura moderna.