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The Cathedral of Christ the Light

Closed Now: 06:30 - 20:00
Open today: 06:30 - 20:00
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I wish I could submit a picture for this review. One of the most gorgeous, modern cathedrals you... read more

Reviewed 18 December 2011
Interesting as architectural experiment, not so much as a church

I certainly recommend visiting the the Cathedral as it is an architectural marvel, and its sense of... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2011
Berkeley, California
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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 18 December 2011

I wish I could submit a picture for this review. One of the most gorgeous, modern cathedrals you have ever seen in your life and I've been to Paris, Spain, etc. Of course, CCL is not nearly as large as anything you find in Europe...More

Date of experience: August 2011
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

I certainly recommend visiting the the Cathedral as it is an architectural marvel, and its sense of verticality impressive. The structure is mainly glass and concrete but is slightly warmed by the extensive use of wood. As interesting as the architecture is, it is unsuited...More

Date of experience: October 2011
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Reviewed 17 September 2011

I was working down the street as the cathedral was being built. It was fascinating to watch the construction. Especially, when the wooden ribs were exposed. But in the end we are left with a daring design that is simply underwhelming. Dwarfed by the class...More

Date of experience: September 2011
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Reviewed 24 January 2011

I live up the street from this church, and it took me some time to actually walk in. First of all, it is right on the lake--an amazing location. The architecture is fascinating and the use of wood makes this modern building feel oddly natural....More

Date of experience: January 2011
3  Thank hereishome
Reviewed 14 January 2011

New and breathtaking. And I don't go to church. Try to close your mouth when looking up. You can't.

5  Thank djmnsf
Reviewed 27 October 2010

Wow.A new Catholic cathedral,constructed after the earthquake to replace one that had been damaged. An architectural marvel, very modern, with somewhat of an Asian feel which is appropriate given the substantial Vietnamese component of the Oakland diocese.Don't be shy about visiting the mausoleum and columbarium...More

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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.