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The Cathedral of Christ the Light

Address: 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, CA 94612
Phone Number: +1 510-832-5057
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Ranked #7 of 49 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Architectural Buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Anchored by the world's newest Catholic cathedral - The Cathedral of Christ the Light - the entire...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Owner description: Anchored by the world's newest Catholic cathedral - The Cathedral of Christ the Light - the entire Cathedral Center is a beautiful and welcoming gathering place to experience liturgy, arts and cultural events reflecting the diversity of Oakland and the Bay Area.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Completed in 2008, it is the newest Roman Catholic cathedral in the U .S. and home to one of the illuminated Saint John's Bibles...a 21st century marvel. The gift shop was also well stocked!

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phoenix
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

If you are a modern architecture fan, this church certainly should be added as a pitstop if you happen to be in downtown Oakland. Visited on a recent Saturday and there were complimentary tours/docents to share the legacy with. If you happen to visit during mid-December, there was also a very nice, creche festival in the basement.

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Oakland, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

An amazing structure; well designed to utilize natural light. Pay special attention to the placement of the organ pipes and the Saint John's Bible.

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I am not a Roman Catholic, and, other than the California missions, do not often visit churches in the continental United States, but visited this glass Cathedral. Beautiful! Muchsmore inspiring than a traditional church imho. Lovely setting. What's it like when it's really hot out?

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San Diego CA
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29 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Well worth a trip to see. A modern architectural highlight. Make sure to go inside, don't just drive around. It's on Lake Merritt, a beautiful setting. Inside is breathtaking, a feeling of light and space that is very uplifting.

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NORTH CAROLINA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This place is beautiful. I went in during afternoon Mass and this place is simply breathtaking. They have a free tour Monday-Friday @ 1:00pm

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Coppell, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Much of European tourism is spent visiting churches where some of the great religious art is contained. If you are visiting Oakland, take a similar approach and visit this beautiful building in the heart of downtown. There is no great art other than the building itself. The interior is an open, airy, glass nave with an enormous glass painting/sculpture of... More 

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Foster City, California
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I never thought there's such a beautiful church in the Bay Area. This is so unique and not traditional. I like to visit this church whenever I am in Oakland.

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Berkeley
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Certainly not like Notre Dame in Paris. I'm not sure how moving it is for the faithful but it is truly interesting space

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Oakland CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Want to get a break from the bustle of your mind and the city come here and find a place for quiet contemplation. There are free tours during the week at 1:00pm and concerts a plenty. There is a 100 year-old Steinway and a brand new organ that is a knock-out. The Bishop is friendly and the priests speak Spanish... More 

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