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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
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Anchored by the world's newest Catholic cathedral - The Cathedral of Christ...

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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Architectural Landmark on Lake Merritt.

My only experience of the Cathedral was while attending a deeply moving performance of Mozart's Requiem by members of the Oakland Symphony Choir on September 11th a few years ago... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My only experience of the Cathedral was while attending a deeply moving performance of Mozart's Requiem by members of the Oakland Symphony Choir on September 11th a few years ago. To my untutored ear, the acoustics seemed superb, and the sanctuary space was uplifting and impressive, yet austere. The contribution of this monumental edifice to the lakeside skyline seems to... More 

Thank Peter N
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I walked over here while exploring the area, and this place has a nice ambiance. There are multiple places to sit, relax, and absorb the ambiance.

Thank Vanetia C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most amazing modern churches I have visited in a very very long time. Don't miss!!! The way they captured the light coming into the cathedral is spectacular and the altar is otherworldly.

Thank Jake59Boston
Lafayette, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Innovative architecture that must be seen from the interior as well as the exterior -- and the effects varies by time of day. Large contemporary sanctuary, with several small and intimate rooms for prayer and reflection. Nearby Catholic bookstore is worth a visit, and the lattes at City Lights Cafe are the best -- as are the soups and lunch... More 

Thank Mary K
Montclair, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Too modern for a Catholic Church in my opinion. I was expecting something more historical to represent the city however it is an unusual design, sharp lines and it gets your attention from the lake.

Thank Mbown01
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A fascinating and beautiful cathedral to see even if one is not religious. We attended a mass there with family members who are practicing Catholics. The acoustics of the place are wonderful!

Thank Richard S
Oakland, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

I like praising community contributions. Alas, this one is a grand disappointment. Rather than relating in a welcoming way with the community and with the surround, it's street level is a formless concrete wall with few openings, none elegant or interesting. It does nothing to relate to the park quality of Lake Merritt, which one could (and does) consider the... More 

Thank m d
Oakland California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

A very different type of Catholic Church. This new style is most unusual and sitting in the back one sees the face of Jesus through thousands of holes in the rear wall. With a partly cloud day showing dark and light it appears Jesus is viewing each person in the room. A bit un-nerving to the young and very old... More 

Thank Zman47
Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

I've been to this cathedral several times. It is a photographer's delight. The staff seems to have a hands off policy and will let you roam pretty much at will. The entire building is a work of art. There are crypts and mausoleums in the basement also done with an artistic and visual sense.

Thank msuner
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

I love going to Mass in this cathedral because it is so full of light. The glass and wood interior is so open and the Cathedral is full of light all day. It's location next to Lake Merritt is inspiring. It is close to all bus lines and BART.

Thank tyagi

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