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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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Don't miss this unassuming architectural masterpiece!

While a bit odd looking on the outside, this unassuming gem is full of warmth and light inside... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
La Grange, Illinois
If you are interested in architecture make the effort

We walked here from the Oakland museum and although we were not treated to any organ music - had... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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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 good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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2121 Harrison St, Oakland, CA 94612-3780
+1 510-832-5057
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

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
Reviewed 9 February 2017

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...More

Thank EuForia_01
Reviewed 8 December 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.

Thank Julia A
Reviewed 7 November 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.

Thank Kathy H
Reviewed 6 November 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.

Thank Adam H
Reviewed 22 October 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....More

Reviewed 15 October 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...More

Thank José P
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