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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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Amazing architecture

The cathedral is located next to the park and lake Merritt, interior is full of light, its modern... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Wanda W. W
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Awesome architecture!

What a wonderful building and space. Would love to hear the organ in action or go to a choral... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2018
jenhorne95
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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.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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2121 Harrison St, Oakland, CA 94612-3780
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The cathedral is located next to the park and lake Merritt, interior is full of light, its modern architecture reflects its location in a maritime town. The interior design is very consistent.

Thank Wanda W. W
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Reviewed 18 May 2018

What a wonderful building and space. Would love to hear the organ in action or go to a choral mass. There is a summer concert season which we will miss sadly.

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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

If you’re in Oakland you must visit this Cathedral. Its modern, huge, and very impressive. We came just in time for Mass and it was vey nice to experience it in such unusual setting. They do a tour at 1 pm most days as well.

Thank Serj S
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

Wonderful tour with great detail and information.. Around an hour of great stories and info that u would never know just visiting on your own....Thanks

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Never been to a place where your whisper is amplified by the acoustics of the place. The cathedral made of wood is an amazing display of architectural genius and innovation. Located next to Lake Merit and next to the Oakland First Fridays.

Thank Wissam C
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

This is a beautiful piece of architecture. If you are a religious Christian, why not take in a service? If not religious but just want to see a nice building, stop in if you are at Lake Merritt. It is walking distance from the Children's...More

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

Nice spot to check out the architecture. It is a stone's throw from Lake Merritt and Fairyland right on the outskirts of DT Oakland. The use of the teak wood and the visuals inside were gorgeous. Definitely worth passing through and spending 20-30 mins walking...More

Thank Shamiracle D
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

This Cathedral is also my parish. It's a beautiful space that is modern and contemporary, all while paying respect to traditions. The choir at the Sunday 10a.m. Mass is not to be missed. Spiritually uplifting.

Thank 788geraldt
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

From the outside, this modern cathedral does not appear to be a religious building. The cathedral opened in 2008, nearly 20 years after the 1989 earthquake destroyed Oakland's cathedral at the time. Once you enter the church, the building is awe-inspiring. The surrounding walls are...More

Thank PamplonaBound
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Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

The Cathedral is very interesting architecturally. All the glass seems to blend into other downtown buildings, but the interior woodwork really looks beautiful. Some of the artwork inside was missing when we stopped, but there are still a number of interesting pieces of art- in...More

1  Thank Frbrs70
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