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The Cathedral of Christ the Light

2121 Harrison St., Oakland, CA 94612
+1 510-832-5057
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Ranked #11 of 54 attractions in Oakland
Type: Architectural Buildings
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... more » 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. « less
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Oakland CA
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

If you like architecture worth a visit as is the whole area. Best on a daytime weekend. Also stroll around the lake

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Oakland, California
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Take the tour. It's an interesting new structure and looks great at that end of Lake Merritt. The aluminum sheet enthroned Christ is a pixilated image that throws light to the city at night and takes in sunlight during the day.

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Oakland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Whats wrong with the Catholic Church. Don't they have better things to do with all the money they have. Maybe they could feed the sick or educate the poor or feed the hungry with all the money they spent on this ugly building on the lake in Oakland. They close other neighborhood churches, close schools in poor neighborhoods and pay... More

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

The Catholic Church throughout the diocese offers a range of service ministries assisting the elderly, the young, the poor, and the oppressed. As such the Church is the largest provider of social services in the East Bay, delivering shelter, meals, counseling, education and other critical services free of charge to over 400,000 people of all faiths each year. The Cathedral... More

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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Very unlike any of the Cathedrals I have visited in Europe, but it is definitely worth the visit. Try to take a tour while you are there.

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Lewiston, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

That's it No More to Say! Got to be designed by a architect who hates the Catholic Church. Also who ever approved it must be really strange.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Perhaps one of the most inspiring spiritual places not found in nature. Go during the morning, go during the evening, go at night. Watch the light change. Rest, rejuvenate and be inspired. You might even find yourself speaking to God.

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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful modern cathedrals you will ever see. The architecture is stunning and worth a visit. The high wooden ceiling and the blending of wooden materials, concrete, and light is stunningly beautiful and intriguing. The two story Christ figure at the apse is made from points of light and copied from the Christ at Chartes.... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

It has its supporters and detractors, however as a non-regular church goer I can appreciate its post-modern space for itself. Among the new and many post 21st Century structures in the SF Bay Area, this one is iconic. Cement, wood and glass envelopes you and I felt protected. The organ is a stunning piece of "sculpture." Tours are offered.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Stumbled across this church because we had time before going to the Paramount. It is just a few blocks away and right next to the lake. The impressive architecture is inviting and the inside is surprisingly bright. Unique holy water feature at entrance. Very high ceiling, taking advantage of the Californian sun and blue sky. There are no hard corners... More

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