RIO DE JANEIRO (35)
Catedral São Sebastião
Destination Rio de Janeiro, the second travel to the former capital of Brazil.
Catedral São Sebastião, better known as Catedral Metropolitana, in downtown Rio.
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Day 2, 13.30 am.
Sao Sebastião, patron saint of Rio
… Stella and I entered the cathedral.We both were impressed by the enormous space under to round, conical shape of the cathedral. Much different from other churches that I had visited earlier that day. The pews that can accommodate more than five thousand believers, were placed in a semi-circle, in the direction of the altar, which was placed in the center. We walked along various objects in the cathedral. I took pictures of the Via Sacre, which was found at the round walls. Fifteen in total. Faint light created a yellowish spot on these art pieces.
There were large statues, of about one meter high. There was a locked space behind the altar, where the priests and choir members could change their clothes and prepare themselves for the mass. The entrance door had a small opening, and allowed us to have a glimpse in this space. We noticed clothes racks with priest robes and robes for the choir members.
There was an white carriage inside the church. We took a closer look at this carriage. Most likely, this carriage is meant for the procession of the patron saint of this cathedral, and of the city of Rio: São Sebastião (Saint Sebastian). A statue of the patron saint was inside carriage, with a number of arrows in his body. The statue was covered by a perspex box. Flower bouquets surrounded the statue.
Saint Francis and a bird
A real-size nativity was placed in front of the altar. The statues were life size. The manger was still empty, and would only be occupied by a statue of Baby Jesus at Christmas. However, the Three Kings already stood there, quite early…
Sint Francis is looking at the immense statue of
Cristo Redentor on top of the Corcovado (left)
In front of a side entrance, there was another statue of a saint: São Francisco (Saint Francis). He is holding a bird in his hand. The statue does not have human features, but is an example of modern art. The style resembled somewhat to the image of Saint Francis in Belo Horizonte. The same skinny shape of the saint, and with almost the same kind of facial expressions. Quite obvious.
Another obvious object within the cathedral was the font. A font of a significant size. It was closed with a gold-colored lid, which was decorated with religious symbols. A cross with a snake meandering along it. A dove, a fish, a tree of life.
We had spent more than an hours inside the cathedral. We took our time to see everything inside the enormous building, and I took my time to take pictures. We left the church, and dropped some coins in a black box. It was written in various languages that this box was meant for donations. Dutch was not listed, but the English word had one ‘n’ too much. A good reason for the creator of this box, to follow a course of basic English.
By Adriano Antoine Robbesom