postcard image by S. Woo

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features the Cathedral of Christ the Light, located near Lake Merritt in Oakland, California.

In 1962, the Diocese of Oakland was established. Unfortunately, its first cathedral, St. Francis de Sales, was heavily damaged during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

In 2005, construction began on the Cathedral of Christ the Light. It is the first cathedral in the world to be built in the 21st century. It opened its doors in 2008.

the main entrance is underneath the cross

This 58-foot-high hologram of Christ is located above the circular altar. The image is based on the sculptural relief found on the Royal Portal of the west façade of Chartres Cathedral in France.

For more information:

Cathedral of Christ the Light – Cathedral History & Art

Visit Oakland

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt!