Cathedral of Christ the Light
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318251
names
Cathedral of Christ the Light
Christ the Light Cathedral
coordinates
37.810547° N, 122.263112° W
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address
2121 Harrison Street
94612
phone
(510) 271-1928

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    by Holly Hayes
    October 19, 2011

    Made of concrete, glass and wood, the Cathedral of Christ the Light stands overlooks the water in Oakland's East Bay. Instead of the traditional cross-shape of most cathedrals, it has a unique circular design with the altar placed at the center. Reflecting the cathedral's name, light is the main focus of the interior. An oculus window allows a view of the sky and sunlight to shine directly on the altar. The architect describes his creation this way: "As its name suggests, the Cathedral draws on the tradition of light as a sacred phenomenon. continue reading →

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Submitted by
Holly Hayes
Published
October 8, 2013
Last updated
July 11, 2014