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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 #7 of 46 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Architectural Buildings, Cultural
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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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San Diego CA
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91 reviews 91 reviews
29 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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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124 reviews 124 reviews
48 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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30 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Oakland, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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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

Busan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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