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The Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 th...  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • Super cool structure, shape looks like a uhhh, you know what.... Praise the divine goddess!!?? Love it. Thank you Cardinal oakland for gracing us with this piece of artnatomy
  • I'm torn. While I think the complex has some nice architecture, the whole world of catholic creepiness pervades everything. The Cathedral itself is better on the inside than the outside, which looks like it's paved with shower doors. What a pity they opted to mask the massive, sexy bent wood ribs that support the sides and roof of the yoni-shaped space. But on the inside, the echoing starkness of the concrete walls sets off the smaller chapels tucked away along the sides. And the alter looks like a random wall of 2 x 4s, splayed out in a loose arc behind the alter. The huge digital saint I can take or leave. It seems like perhaps a color, or a video of the sea, would bring more life to the space. There's also a small garden that memorialized the children abused by priests, something that the church should display as a vivid apology for the worldwide scandal that continues to unfold, but try and find it. It's guiltily tucked away on the Grand Avenue corner, just grass, a couple curving benches backed by boxwood hedges, and a boulder with a plaque. It feels more like their taking the same attitude that Nixon took towards Watergate. Yes, it may have happened, but, no, we're still not taking spiritual responsibility, and they continue to blame shortfalls in charity and conservation programs on the victims who sued the church. So, while it's a notable and obviously very expensive building complex, everything else shouts business as usual. If you want spirituality and bliss, bring it with you. I you want to make sure that Gothic eeriness can thrive in a modernist building, this is the place for you.
  • A must-visit if you are in the area. Beautifully-engineered contemporary Catholic church, built to showcase both natural and artificial light in a very uplifting way. Well-matched gardens and grounds surround the structure outdoors allow you to easily find an impressive gift shop and a little cafe with delicious healthy fare. If you find yourself here in time for lunch before or after, take advantage of the free 1pm tour on weekdays (M-F).
  • Beautiful church! nicely built and very brightly lit. my grandma is buried here and I can say its a great place for her ashes to rest. when not filled with people this place can be pretty serene and peaceful.
  • This place is something to behold.