Metropolitan Cathedral, Rio
16 December 2022
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian in Rio de Janeiro, also known as the Metropolitan Cathedral, is an unusual building for a Cathedral. It is designed and built in the shape of a pyramid. It resembles the Mayan pyramids in Mexico such as Chichen Itza.
It shares the same name as the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires that also has an unusual design, and that is one of a Greek Temple.
Like the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires in Argentina, the Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Rio.
Like many people inside the Cathedral, I did not feel like moving. I was just contended to stand still while I take in and observe all around me. The coloured stained glass were simply beautiful and their beauty was magnified by the grey concrete walls which seemed like they were put together like boxes on top of each other! I must say this design was quite effective and surprisingly visually appealing.
There is a museum located in the basement of the Cathedral that you can visit for a small fee. It displayed various religious relics and items of importance and significance to the Roman Catholic church. It had interesting items that I found myself staying longer than I had intended.
If you are in Rio de Janeiro, it is worth making the time to visit this unusual and magnificent Cathedral.