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The Cathedral of Christ the Light

Closed Now: 06:30 - 20:00
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Very Interesting and Inspirational Cathedral.

This cathedral is an oasis in the midst of pedestrian urban gray. It was open for visitors and once... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2016
Mount Vernon, Washington
one of the most beautiful cathedral

Breathing taking, so peaceful, easy parking, nice gifts shop. The neighborhood was very pleasant... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2016
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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 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.

Thank PugetTom
Reviewed 24 September 2016

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

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

Thank KarinH5
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

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

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

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 .....

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Reviewed 27 July 2016

It doesnt look like an old cathedral, but inside it is very nice, Bright and light, must be visited.

Thank ksg48
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Beautiful modern architecture. One of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world. It's located directly across from Lake Merritt, which is in the center of the city. It is a tourist "must see."

Thank pabutler1275
Reviewed 22 July 2016

My only experience of the Cathedral was while attending a deeply moving performance of Mozart's Requiem by members of the Oakland Symphony Choir on September 11th a few years ago. To my untutored ear, the acoustics seemed superb, and the sanctuary space was uplifting and...More

Thank Peter N
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