Advantages Eco building and hold a lot of people, simple
Disadvantages Rather ugly from outside
Catedral MetropolitanaThe Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro is incredibly surprising in shape and impact. When we first arrived and were told that this was a Cathedral we didn't quite know what to say. I thought it was such an ugly looking building, resembling n electricity cooling tower rather than a Cathedral.
I'm not big into Cathedrals and churches but they are usually quite attractive buildings and often have an interesting history. While we had been in South America we had been into quite a number of the really ornate, ostentatious Catholic churches which were full of gold and silver statues and other gilt decorations and so this was even more of a surprise because we expecting a similar Cathedral, maybe even bigger and more elaborate but no, what we were faced with was a simple concrete conical building with no decoration outside at all.
After experiencing this and hearing the story of how the design was chosen, this building was beginning to grow on me. I'm not fond of fussy architecture (although I do love the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona) and although I was initially quite appalled at the ugliness of the Metropolitan Cathedral I was now becoming quite impressed.Once you were inside the four tall floor to ceiling windows immediately took your eye and then you were drawn to look upwards and found that these windows met and created a cross in the top of the building - subtle rather than' in your face' imagery. The altar was simple, no fussy, gold and fancy statues at all. Behind the altar was a smaller chapel which was again, very plain, white walls and no statues and the walls only went up to a certain height then finished so that the main Cathedral roof could still be seen and all the cooling effects of the vents could still be appreciated.
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