Attending Mass while in Rio

Brazil has the largest Roman Catholic population of any nation.  On the next trip we will attend Mass and take pictures of the magnificent Cathedrals.  The two most prominent are the Old Cathedral, located in downtown (centro) near the Bay (Praca XV) and the newer Metropolitan Cathedral, also located downtown.

Here is the Old Cathedral, which dates back to the colonial era:

The three photos below are of the newer Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as St. Sebastian’s Cathedral.  St. Sebastian is the patron Saint of the city.  The Cathedral is open from 7am-5:30pm, daily.  You cannot wear short pants inside, however.  Mass times are at 11am Monday through Friday and at 10am on Saturday and Sunday.

     

Both Cathedrals are easy to find.  Any map of downtown Rio (centro) will have them listed in the attractions.  Take the Metro rail line from Copacabana to Carioca Station in downtown and walk from there.

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