Cathedral of Maringá

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Catedral Basílica Menor Nossa Senhora da Glória
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Basic information
Location Maringá, Paraná, Brazil
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Country Brazil
Year consecrated 1959
Website http://www.arquimaringa.org.br
Architectural description
Architect(s) José Augusto Bellucci
Architectural type church
Completed 1972
Specifications
Capacity 4,500
Height (max) 124 m (407 ft.)

Catedral Basílica Menor Nossa Senhora da Glória (or simply Catedral de Maringá Cathedral of Maringá) is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in downtown Maringá, Paraná, Brazil, reaching 124 m in height. It was completed in 1972 and is the tallest church in South America and the 16th tallest in the world.

Architect José Augusto Bellucci was inspired by the Soviet sputnik satellites when he designed the cathedral's modernist, conical shape. The design was idealized by the archbishop Dom Jaime Luiz Coelho.

The word poustinik assigns a person dwelling in a poustinia, that is, someone who move away from the material world to be closer to God. The foundation stone, a piece of marble from St. Peter's Basilica in Rome blessed by Pope Pius XII, was laid on August 15, 1958. The church was built between July 1959 and May 10, 1972, the 25th anniversary of the city.

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Coordinates: 23°25′35″S 51°56′18″W / 23.42639°S 51.93833°W / -23.42639; -51.93833