We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A Cathedral for the 21st Century” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Cathedral of Christ the Light

The Cathedral of Christ the Light
2121 Harrison St., Oakland, CA 94612
+1 510-832-5057
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #9 of 55 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Architectural Buildings
More attraction details
Attraction Details
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.
Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“A Cathedral for the 21st Century”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

No, this cathedral cannot compare to Notre Dame, Chartres, Rheims.
It was designed for the new century, as was the new one in Los Angeles.
When we walked inside the first time, the gigantic image of Christ took our breath away. You should arrive at 1 PM for the free guided tour. All of our out of town guests come away impressed; some ask to return. Wife and I plan to be interred in the crypt below . Hopefully, not soon !

Visited June 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

41 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    32
    5
    0
    2
    2
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Fremont, California
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“The tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

If you go, take the guided tour. I was amazed and moved by this beautiful cathredral (even though not Catholic) and the work the church does for the community in the Oakland area..make sure to go down the stairs to the burial sites..and visit the the gift shop!! Combine that with lunch at the Lake Merritt Boat House, and it will make for a nice outing! ck ahead for concerts....

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
No. California
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
35 attraction reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Take the tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

It was very interesting to hear about the building and tour the various parts. However, the sound does not seem to be very good. I loved the tour and later went to a concert there. Very poor acoustics.

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Monterey, California
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
36 attraction reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

This cathedral is very modern and so beautiful. It's a great place to walk around and admire.

Just remember to be quiet and courteous! It may even be a peaceful break from the noise from other places.

Visited February 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
san diego
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“Beautiful Cathedral”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

An incredible building. Make sure you visit the mausoleum downstairs.

Visited December 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The Cathedral of Christ the Light also viewed

 

Been to The Cathedral of Christ the Light? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage The Cathedral of Christ the Light, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.