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  • Address: Rua Monsenhor Tito Guedes, s/nº - Centro, Fortaleza, Brazil 60030-030

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Metropolitan Cathedral Tours

Designed by French architect George Mounier and allegedly inspired by the grand cathedral in Cologne, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Forteza is the third largest cathedral in Brazil. Construction on the Gothic-Roman style structure began in 1939, but it wouldn’t be fully completed until late in 1978, nearly 40 years later. 

Upon entering the Metropolitan Cathedral, built to seat 5,000 worshippers, visitors encounter the Chapel of St. Joseph, the Patron Saint of the Brazilian state of Ceará to the left of the nave. On the right is another small chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, the Patron Saint of Fortaleza. The cathedral’s central alter was brought over from Verona. 

One interesting feature that sets the Metropolitan Cathedral apart from other such structures is its crypt. The Crypt of the Adolescents was inaugurated in 1962 with six alters devoted to saints who died in their teenage years, and the depiction of Jesus in the crypt alter shows him as an adolescent as well.

Don’t let the concrete masonry on the cathedral’s exterior turn you off. The stained glass windows on the inside are stunning and well worth the visit.

Practical Info

The Metropolitan Cathedral holds mass every day but Monday.

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Fortaleza City Tour, Fortaleza, null

Fortaleza City Tour

Discover the history and story behind the city of Fortaleza on a two hour guided tour! Visit beautiful and historic buildings such as the Metropolitan ...  Read more

Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $24.00

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