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The Cathedral of Christ the Light

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Address: 2121 Harrison St, Oakland, CA 94612-3780
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+1 510-832-5057
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Sun 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 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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Mind Blowing Interior

The fairly pedestrian exterior of the cathedral hides an interior that is stunning. The interior has the voluminous proportions expected in a cathedral, but it is beautifully... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Steve B
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The fairly pedestrian exterior of the cathedral hides an interior that is stunning. The interior has the voluminous proportions expected in a cathedral, but it is beautifully illuminated everywhere by the translucent walls patterned by ilts internal wood structure. The light within the building has a curious and calming quality; oh so appropriate for a house of worship. The immense... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We popped in on Inauguration to say a prayer for the nation and Executive Branch. The building's interior are inspiring and beautiful. The light and airyness gave me a profound sense of hope. While the place was quiet, we could tell that sound travels very well within, no echo. It could be awesome to hear the organ play!

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Thank EuForia_01
Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

I am not a Catholic so did not attend mass here but if you are an admirer of architecture I would suggest you stop and look. At sunset the building catches the light beautifully.

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Thank Julia A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

Peace, tranquility, spirit refreshing. Worship, meditative prayer rooms, with heavenly sounds from the wonder specticul of the massive organ pipes with angelic vocals from the choir, Words of spiritual encouragement delivered lovingly. Care with affection from your pew neighbor. Wonderful Light.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

An interesting departure from the classic cathedrals and churches of Europe or East Coast. Very interesting lighting and interior make this a worthy stroll during a lake walk. Come during the day, to make sure lighting is interesting inside.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Our daughter who lives near this church said we could walk and she had indicated to us, that it was on the corner of Harrison. Well, when we got there, we didn't see anything that resembled a church so I had asked a passer bye. She pointed out the building. It is certainly different and in my wife's view, she... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

It's beautiful, modern and earthquake proof....... Plus it's super green, it's a great place to come and pray or just to take a load off and rest. It's cool inside and the architecture it's amazing..... Go see it, it's super modern way to preach and pray!

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

This is one of the greatest 21st century works of architecture. You must enter the building and be amazed up stairs as well as downstairs.

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Bogota, Colombia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

A place worth to visit, to appreciate an uncommon architecture for a church. It's close to several bus route stops, so it's an easy place for a tourist to find.

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Oakland, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

The building is interesting to look at. The first time I attended a concert there to hear the organ I was very disappointed. The sound system is awful and the sound faded in and out. It's very disappointing that so much was spent on the building and no one seemed to look at the sound.

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