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Rio de Janeiro Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana de Sao Sebastiao)
Tall and cone-shaped, the modernist Rio de Janeiro Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana de Sao Sebastiao) doesn’t look like a typical church. The unusual design was constructed between 1964 and 1979 by architect Edgar Fonseca. One of Rio’s most important religious structures, it is dedicated to St. Sebastian, the city’s patron saint.
 
The Basics

Though the cathedral is striking from the outside, the hollow interior, which stands at 315 feet (96 meters), is the most impressive part of the building. Massive bronze doors give way to the circular nave that’s nearly 350 feet (106 meters) in diameter and fit to accommodate 20,000 churchgoers. Four floor-to-ceiling stained-glass windows surround the structure, and a skylight in the shape of a cross at the top allows natural light to flood the space.
 
Visit the cathedral independently or join a guided tour of city landmarks. Architecture-focused tours, in particular, visit to the cathedral, as well as other important sites such as Sao Bento Monastery and the nearby Carioca Aqueduct.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • This unique cathedral is a must-see for those interested in contemporary architecture.
  • Rio de Janeiro Cathedral is free to enter.
  • The cathedral is noted for its excellent acoustics.
  • There is a small museum of religious art in the basement.
 
How to Get There

Rio de Janeiro Cathedral is located downtown, in the Centro district. The nearest subway stations are Cinelandia, a 5-minute walk away, and Carioca, a 10-minute walk. Both stations are served by Lines 1 and 2.
 
When to Get There
Rio de Janeiro Cathedral is open every day from 7am to 5pm. One of the best times to visit is during Sunday Mass, which begins at 10am. This tends to attract large crowds, however, so try to arrive early to get a good seat.
 
Maya-Inspired Architecture

From the outside, the cathedral resembles a steep-sided, stepped pyramid; the design is said to have been inspired by the Maya pyramids in Mexico. The tilting walls, however—each covered in small, square windows—give it the look of a honeycomb. The conical shape is also believed to provide better proximity to God.
Address: Av. Chile, 245 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20031-170, Brazil
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Day by Rio

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It is the most complete walk to know the main tourist points of the city, indicated to tour the most iconic of Rio de Janeiro in one day
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The best of Rio

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Half-Day Rio de Janeiro Highlights Private Guided Tour

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Come meet the main sights of Rio with me! Let's get to know Christ the Redeemer, the most visited attraction in the whole country, not only from Rio, a 38-meter statue made of concrete and soapstone, which sits atop Corcovado Mountain, and is 710 meters from sea level. ! Afterwards, we will visit the Selaron Staircase, with its 215 steps beautifully decorated by the Chilean artist, Jorge Selaron. Then we will visit the São Sebastião Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, with its beautiful stained glass windows, and finally, the Sugar Loaf Mountain, where we will take the cable car to see the most beautiful look of the city !!
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Private Tour: The Best of Rio

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Explore the most important landmarks and highlights of Rio de Janeiro during this 8-hour tour with a private guide. Visit sites like the legendary Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain, Maracana Stadium, the Carioca Aqueduct and the Selaron Steps in Lapa. Take a cable car ride to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and enjoy fantastic views of the city sprawled below in the afternoon light. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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Rio Private Tour

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Discover the best of Rio de Janeiro with a knowledgeable Private Local Guide! Welcome to the Wonderful City. During this amazing Tour Experience, you will see the most popular sights and the best parts of the city with a local and professional tour guide like Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Santa Teresa, and Selaron Steps. This tour is ideal for people who are visiting Rio for the first time and have just one day to enjoy it all! A unique experience to know the city in one day, with lots of colors, history, culture, art, and happiness! And. . . if you want I can create a customized tour for you in case you have special requests or if you are more than 3 people and require larger transportation. Round-trip transportation from Port Area/Hotel or Apartament is included.
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Half Day in Rio Christ by Train, Maracanã, Sambadrome, Cathedral & Selarón Steps

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This comprehensive tour of Rio's must-see sights is perfect for those short on time in the city. Visit highlights such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Selaron Steps, Maracana Stadium, and a train trip up to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Learn about the city's culture and history through insightful guide commentary as you travel.
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Rio Experience Full Day Tour (Optional Arrival Transfer)

Rio Experience Full Day Tour (Optional Arrival Transfer)

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Enjoy a transfer from the Galeão International Airport (GIG) or Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) to your hotel in downtown Rio followed by a comprehensive city sightseeing tour. Visit Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain. Stop at the Selaron stairs and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio, listening to informative commentary from your local guide along the way. End your tour with drop-off back at your Rio hotel.
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Highlights of Rio - Half day

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 Private VIP Tour of Rio de Janeiro with All Inclusive

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Private Rio City Center Walking Tour

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Tour One day in Rio

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Rio Shore Excursion: Full Day Christ Redeemer, Selaron Steps and Sugar Loaf

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  • 9 hours
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Full and Private River Tour / The Whole Rio Private Tour

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Private Tour: Icons of Rio (Christ and Sugar Loaf), Santa Teresa and City Center

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I am born and raised in Rio and love my city . Besides that I have a background in Visual arts and can offer a great tour !
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Cruise Exclusive - Full Day Corcovado, Christ, Selaron, Sugar Loaf

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Wonderful City Tour - Day City Tour!

Wonderful City Tour - Day City Tour!

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Visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer early in the morning, take memorable photos at the top of Corcovado, then get to know Maracanã Stadium from an outside view, head to the Sambadrome, Metropolitan Cathedral and Selarón Staircase, both with shorter breaks. Then enjoy the best of the buffet we have reserved for you. After these activities, take a trip to another wonder of Rio, the Sugarloaf hill. Climb on a cable car to reach Morro da Urca and Sugar Loaf ending your afternoon with one of the most magnificent views in the world!
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