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The Cathedral of Christ the Light

Open Now: 06:30 - 20:00
Open today: 06:30 - 20:00
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Incredible Structure

This is an incredible Modern Cathedral. The seat of the Diocese of Oakland. The Glass structure... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2018
San Marcos, California
Spectacular, awe-inspiring architecture!

One of the most dramatic churches we've ever seen anywhere in the world. Soaring ceilings... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2018
Susan L
Chicago, Illinois
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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...more
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2121 Harrison St, Oakland, CA 94612-3780
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Reviewed 7 October 2018

This is an incredible Modern Cathedral. The seat of the Diocese of Oakland. The Glass structure with the wood interior also creates an incredible acoustic effect. We were there for the Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 October 2018

One of the most dramatic churches we've ever seen anywhere in the world. Soaring ceilings, cantilevered platforms for the organ, light filled gallery. This is a must-see no matter what religion you are!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Susan L
Reviewed 3 October 2018

The cathedral is housed inside a piece of modern architecture that pales in comparison with the grandeur of baroque or gothic European cathedrals. However, the inside is simply magnificient. It is cavernous, airy, and bright from the natural light filtering through the layers of wood...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Michael K
Reviewed 2 October 2018

We visited this cathedral last year. It's by Lake Merritt in Oakland. Beautiful cathedral, worth a visit to and possibly worship, if so inclined.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Marta R
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

The Cathedral Christ The Light offers free tours weekdays at 1300 hours. Unique architecture design, history talk given, crematorium in the basement level for those wishing to have their ashes rest there are available. Cafe is available.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank George L
Reviewed 29 July 2018

Stop on by and learn the fascinating history of this Cathedral, built to replace the one destroyed in the '89 quake. The winning design was originally the second place winner but became the winning design after the Diocese and the winning architect disagreed on how...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

All I can say is that this is a truly amazing piece of ARTWORK! Go and enjoy yourself. If you enjoy art then you will appreciate this place!

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 1 July 2018

An example of the Cathloic Church going 21st Century. Good music. Good sermons. Lots of seating. Fellowship and donuts do mix!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Landyeng
Reviewed 24 June 2018

This is like telling someone to see the Guggenheim in NYC. This building is spectacular and is worth the easy access from BART at 19th Street Oakland, and you get beautiful Lake Merritt as well. Make sure you go downstairs to see the Mausoleum and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

This modern cathedral is very impressive I really liked the way the light shines through hence the name, it may be too modern for some people but it is very cleverly done.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Response from csarchibald | Reviewed this property |
As long as it is light outside it should be easily visible. We were there mid day, until about 4 in the afternoon for a special event. It was overcast, but still clearly visible.