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The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro. The church is dedicated to Saint Sebastian, the patron saint of Rio de Janeiro.
Designed by Edgar Fonceca in a modern style, the current Cathedral was built between 1964 and 1979 and replaced as seat of the Archdiocese a series of churches that had served as cathedrals since 1676, the most recent and notable of those being the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel of the Ancient See, now known as the Old Cathedral, built in the 18th century, and that had been declared Rio's cathedral in the early 19th century.
The New Cathedral, as it is sometimes called, is located in the center of the city. Conical in form and with a 96 metres internal diameter, 106 metres of external diameter and an overall height of 75 metres , it has a standing-room capacity of 20,000 people.
The cathedral's four rectilinear stained glass windows soar 64 metres from floor to ceiling.
The Cathedral hosted the special event of the Pope's arrival in Rio de Janeiro and there were over 20,000 people outside waiting to see him and to greet him.
The interior is very impressive with the painted glass, the special light and the wooden seats but on the outside it doesn't look so much like a Cathedral, at least like the ones we are used to.
I thought it would be interesting for you to see this unique and different Cathedral.

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