San Francisco is no Rome. Or on anyone’s list of ground-breaking contemporary architecture.

But in Oakland across from Lake Merritt is a dazzling modern cathedral that even a confirmed atheist may find spiritually and aesthetically satisfying. It is a 120 foot high upended boat of glass and Doug Fir. Seating 1500, it is dominated by a convex laser imprinted photo of a 13th century Christ from the façade at Chartres which goes in or out of focus as the light changes. The apses contain a small but elegant collection of religious art.

In the basement there’s a glorious mausoleum that compares favorably to the gorgeous one on Piedmont Avenue the Chapel of the Chimes.

Go and be awed.

Cathedral of Christ the Light

7am to 7pm daily

West Grand at Lake Merritt

Oakland

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