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  • Address: Av. Chile, 245 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20031-170, Brazil
  • Hours: Open daily 7am-5pm, Sunday mass at 10am

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Rio de Janeiro Cathedral Tours

Far from a typical church, the Rio de Janeiro Cathedral is a tall, cone-shaped building that’s distinctive to the downtown Rio skyline.  The unusual design was inspired by the Mayan pyramids and was built in the ‘60s and ‘70s by architect Edgar Fonseca. One of the most important contemporary religious structures in Rio, the cathedral is dedicated to St Sebastian, the patron saint of the city, and has received three papal visits. 

Standing at 315 feet (96 meters), the hollow interior is undeniably the most impressive part of the building. Massive bronze doors give way to the circular nave, nearly 350 feet (106 meters) in diameter, fit to accommodate 20,000 churchgoers on foot. Four panels of floor-to-ceiling stained-glass windows surround the structure, and a skylight in the shape of a cross at the top allows for natural light to flood into the interior. This unique cathedral is a must-see for those interested in contemporary architecture. 

Practical Info

The Rio de Janeiro Cathedral is located at Avenida Chile, 245 in the city center. It is open to visitors every day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Sunday mass at 10 a.m. There is also a daily mass at noon in the JMJ Chapel, although on Monday is it in the Chapel of Souls. Admission is free. 

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Full Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, null
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Full Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro

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This is a complete day tour of the city of Rio de Janeiro covering its most well-known landmarks. You will be accompanied by a professional guide and have ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.99
Full Day Rio de Janeiro Tour, Rio de Janeiro, City Tours
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Full Day Rio de Janeiro Tour

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On the tour you will visit the main attractions of Rio de Janeiro and enjoy some magnificent places internationally recognized for their natural beauty and ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.00
Private Full-Day Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Full-day Tours
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Private Full-Day Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing Tour

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The most  complete private customizable tour  on Viator! Have a sensorial experience on this unforgettable 9-hour tour in a modern sedan, minivan or van. ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Rio de Janeiro in One Day City Tour Including Lunch, Rio de Janeiro, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Rio de Janeiro in One Day City Tour Including Lunch

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Enjoy a full-day, guided city tour of Rio de Janeiro in which you'll visit all the main attractions including Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Maracana Stadium, ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: The Best of Rio, Rio de Janeiro, City Tours
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Private Tour: The Best of Rio

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Discover the most famous sightseeing spots of Rio de Janeiro on this private 8-hour tour. Benefit from seeing all the major attractions in just one day, making ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Rio de Janeiro Downtown Tour, Rio de Janeiro, City Tours
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Rio de Janeiro Downtown Tour

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With this tour you will have the chance to see and visit the main attractions in Downtown Rio, the oldest part of Rio de Janeiro!

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.99
Private Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Sugar Loaf and City Tour, Rio de Janeiro, City Tours
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Private Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Sugar Loaf and City Tour

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Take an exciting cable car ride to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and marvel at the stunning views of Rio de Janeiro below. Visit iconic sites in the city such ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $172.00
Small-Group Morning City Tour of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Small-Group Morning City Tour of Rio de Janeiro

This tour is designed so you can have a feeling of Rio in one day with the beautiful views from the Christ the Redeemer and the Sugar Loaf and the downtown ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00
Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, City Tours
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Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

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Spend the morning at Sugar Loaf Mountain, one of Rio de Janeiro's most famous icons. You'll take a breathtaking ride in a cable car to the top of the Sugar ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Half-day Tours
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Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

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Take a panoramic city tour, travel to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue on this full-day comprehensive tour of Rio's most ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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