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The Cathedral of Christ the Light

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Address: 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, CA 94612
Phone Number: +1 510-832-5057
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Description: Anchored by the world's newest Catholic cathedral - The Cathedral of...
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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Beautiful Church - The Cathedral of Christ the Light

We were inspired by our visit to Cathedral of Light. It is a beautiful cathedral with stunning architecture. It is an active Catholic Church in Oakland. Its also nice that they... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We were inspired by our visit to Cathedral of Light. It is a beautiful cathedral with stunning architecture. It is an active Catholic Church in Oakland. Its also nice that they outreach by giving services in various languages. It was nice to see this landmark cathedral which is by Lake Merritt. They give tours of the cathedral.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This beautiful Catholic cathedral overlooks Lake Merritt on the corner of Grand Avenue and Harrison Street in Oakland, CA. Visitors are welcomed with the opportunities for tours or self-guided looks. The members of the Catholic Parish of Christ the Light worship here. Wonderful edifice of transcendent beauty not to be missed.

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Oakland, CA, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Dramatic architecture is large, cold concrete. On of the least inviting churches i have ever seen. If only the diocese had spent this money on helping the poor, homeless and afflicted, instead of building a monument to mankind's arrogance. Great views of the Lake from the terrace.

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Cathedral O, Digital Communications Manager at The Cathedral of Christ the Light, responded to this review

This Cathedral's architectures is certainly not for everyone - generally people either love it or hate it. Thank you for visiting and forming your own opinion. I do want you to know, though, that the Cathedral serves as a "mother church" for Catholics in Alameda and Contra Costa counties - and those Catholics, through the practice of their faith including... More 

Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is the new cathedral that has a unique architecture. It was built to replace the previous one that was damaged in the 1989 earthquake. It is somewhat contreversial in its style. It looks like the bishop's miter hat (sort of). There are tours of it given by docents and there is a mauseleum in the lower level. There is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

the interior of this cathedral is amazing as is the organ. If on is interested in organ or seasonal concerts the Cathedral of Christ provides wonderful concerts and often highlights local choirs. Easy parking and also great location near Lake Merritt

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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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

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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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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