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The Cathedral of Christ the Light

2121 Harrison St, Oakland, CA 94612-3780
+1 510-832-5057
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a cathedral worth seeing

a beautiful structure both without and within. Moreover, the "welcomers" inside are very friendly... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Piedmont CAlifornia
Not your typical cathedral

The Christ the Light Cathedral is a beautiful modern design that is true to its name. If you are... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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 the Bay Area.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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2121 Harrison St, Oakland, CA 94612-3780
+1 510-832-5057
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a beautiful structure both without and within. Moreover, the "welcomers" inside are very friendly. easy access and relatively easy parking. the nearby lake Merrit is nice to stroll. many nearly restaurants and for kids, the Oakland Fairyland is not far away.

Thank SabaTata11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Christ the Light Cathedral is a beautiful modern design that is true to its name. If you are in downtown Oakland you must invest 15 minutes to admire this contemporary design.

Thank tishcitric
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This structure is amazing. So different from any cathedral I have ever seen. There is a tour offered M-F at 1pm. Masses are offered in four languages. The pipe organ fills the sky high space. A sight interesting for church goers and architecture fans alike.

Thank CMPofCharleston
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Beautifully-built, relatively new church. Gorgeous lighting. Side chapels for privacy and prayer. Must see!

Thank Judi C
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

I have visited this parish in the past, but it is not located near me so it is only at the invitation of friends for various ceremonies. I am less focused on the criticisms of the appearance and architecture of this house of worship than...More

Thank Michael_7X7
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Yes it stuns you, but in my opinion, not in a good way. It's huge and takes up a major piece of prime real estate, extremely modern, just lots of glass. Does not fit with the surroundings. But has become a landmark.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 15 June 2017

While a bit odd looking on the outside, this unassuming gem is full of warmth and light inside which is inspirational, warm and welcoming. The heavy timber construction is unique and timeless and worth a visit for anyone who enjoys quality architectural spaces. Come for...More

Thank i4dtail
Reviewed 5 June 2017

We walked here from the Oakland museum and although we were not treated to any organ music - had the place to ourselves - we rested and admired the stunning architecture. The use of wood and light and soaring shape were, or rather are, really...More

1  Thank LandC46
Reviewed 12 March 2017

You don't have to be Catholic to appreciate the serenity and beauty of the Cathedral. Brilliant design abounds.

Thank Mike L
Reviewed 15 February 2017

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...More

Thank Steve B
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