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

The Cathedral of Christ the Light
Ranked #10 of 115 things to do in Oakland
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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.
Houston, Texas
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40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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
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Fremont, California
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46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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....

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No. California
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156 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 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.

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Monterey, California
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91 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 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
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san diego
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68 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 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
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