Rio de Janeiro

Metropolitan Cathedral Metropolitan Cathedral

Is 75 meters heigh and has colored stained glass with a cone shape that allow beautiful indoor lighting.

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Also known as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Cathedral of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro was designed by architect Edgar de Oliveira da Fonseca and is cone shaped, with 106 meters in diameter at the base and 96 meters in height.

Its main entrance is decorated with 48 religious-themed bronze bas-reliefs and its inside has 60 meters high stained glass windows. The hight is measured from the walls until the summit and provides beautiful natural lighting.

In the Church’s basement is the Museu de Arte Sacra (Sacred Art Museum). The Museum’s main features are the fountain where the princes of the Royal family were baptized, the statue of Nossa Senhora do Rosário, the throne of Dom Pedro II and the Rosa de Ouro (golden rose) given to Princesa Isabel by Pope Leo XIII to celebrate her signing of the Abolição da Escravatura no Brasil (Abolition of Slavery in Brasil).

Like all Catholic churches the Cathedral has a cross, this cross has big proportions and is made of a transparent material.

Key information and tips

Take this opportunity to visit the many bars and restaurants in the region.

Opening hours:
The Cathedral is open to visitors, daily, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Free admission.

Duration of the Visit
1 hour.
+ 55 21 2240 2669 / 2262 1797
More Info
Site oficial.


Av. Chile, 245 - Centro

The most comfortable way to reach downtown Rio de Janeiro and the Cathedral is by taxi. Check out taxi rates.

Take the subway, get off at Cinelândia Station and walk 5 minutes until the site. Check the subway map.

Bus lines leading to all parts of town pass through Rio Branco Avenue. Check out the itineraries.

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