Completed in 1967, the Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida's majestic silhouette stands on the Esplanade of the Ministries. Characterised by 16 huge white columns, 90 tonnes each, narrowing towards the top of the building before flaring again, the cathedral symbolises two hands raised to heaven. It is a parabola, 70 metres in diameter, with a multi-coloured stained-glass roof that was designed to illuminate the cathedral located beneath it.
The four giant bronze statues of the four evangelists, who represent sentinels on the esplanade, are the work of Dante Croce (1968) and frame the underground entrance of the building.
Notice the hand-painted ceramic tiles covering the walls, not to mention, in the crypt, the replica of the Shroud of Turin. Pope Pius XI proclaimed Our Lady of Aparecida, a statue of the virgin retrieved in a fisherman's net in 1717, official patron saint of the country in 1929.
Catedral do Brasília
Esplanada dos Ministérios
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