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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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A must see in Oakland on Lake Merritt

This is one of the greatest 21st century works of architecture. You must enter the building and be... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2016
Oakland, California
Beautiful and different

A place worth to visit, to appreciate an uncommon architecture for a church. It's close to several... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2016
Alejo S
Bogota, Colombia
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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 12 October 2016

This is one of the greatest 21st century works of architecture. You must enter the building and be amazed up stairs as well as downstairs.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

A place worth to visit, to appreciate an uncommon architecture for a church. It's close to several bus route stops, so it's an easy place for a tourist to find.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Alejo S
Reviewed 5 October 2016

The building is interesting to look at. The first time I attended a concert there to hear the organ I was very disappointed. The sound system is awful and the sound faded in and out. It's very disappointing that so much was spent on the...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

This cathedral is an oasis in the midst of pedestrian urban gray. It was open for visitors and once inside I did not want to leave.

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

Breathing taking, so peaceful, easy parking, nice gifts shop. The neighborhood was very pleasant and places to eat were nearby

Date of experience: September 2016
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

We have been to 2 choral concerts here and sat in the "cheap seats" because the acoustics are so good the sound quality was as good as up front. Interesting interior with high ceiling and laminated beams. It is worth a quick walk through if...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed 15 August 2016

This is a beautiful modern cathedral in uptown Oakland. You don't have to be Catholic to go inside and appreciate the fish shaped building. There are wonderful wooden louvered walls for acoustics and a large organ which when played can fill the room and gives...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank cvalentino
Reviewed 9 August 2016

In this magnificently beautiful church by Lake Merritt, I was dismayed when I could not hear the minister's message or the personal tributes given by friends/family of the deceased. Their voices echoed off the rounded walls and the acoustics hurt your ears. It is a...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank rhoda6148
Reviewed 4 August 2016

I attended a concert here around Christmas and was surprised at how quite unimpressive the interior is. I thought that it would feel mystical and inspiring, but it just seemed bland and too bright. While the wood paneling is lovely, it didn't create a warm...More

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank sally i
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Not the best building, especially for a cathedral and landmark for beautiful Oakland - looks like a big chrome and glass vagina. Supposed to be a fish but .....

Date of experience: July 2016
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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.