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Sacred Heart Cathedral, Newark

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The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the fifth-largest cathedral in North America, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. It is located at 89 Ridge Street in the Lower Broadway neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey. Envisioned as a "fitting monument to the faith," construction began in 1899 and was finished in 1954. The original design called for an English-Irish Gothic Revival church, but plans were later modified in favor of a French Gothic Revival style.PlanningThe Cathedral of the Sacred Heart was proposed in 1859 by James Roosevelt Bayley, the Bishop of Newark, just six years after his appointment by Pope Pius IX. Proposed sites included a corner at High and Kinney Streets and an alternate at South and Broad Streets.However, the current site, next to Branch Brook Park in the Forest Hill section of Newark's North Ward, was chosen. Bayley waited to buy the land until the site was recommended by Jeremiah O'Rourke, the architect of the planned cathedral; the Reverend Monsignor George Hobart Doane; and the Right Reverend G.W. Doane. G.W. Doane liked the current site because it "commands a view of the Orange Mountains on the west and Newark Valley, the hills of Staten Island, and New York on the east." The property purchase was completed January 2, 1871, for US$60,000.
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  • I was visiting Newark and this cathedral calls for attention since downtown that I saw it. It is beautiful; it has a unique structure to other cathedrals. Definitely recommend it; it's very beautiful!...  more »
  • We met the kindest people here, both their desk staff and their priests! We made friends with one of the priests and he was exceptionally kind to show us some locked areas (choir room and the baptisma...  more »
  • i recommend going on a sunny day day so you can walk around the cathedral and take pictures. don't go at night because the area is dangerous. so beautiful on the inside. it's cool in the winter and ho...  more »
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  • This place is beautiful. Beside the security (which I've never seen at a church before) this place makes you feel very welcomed. The architecture is beyond amazing. The before purples, creams and other light colors make you want to explore every inch of the church. (The security was not unfriendly just am not use to it)
  • It is an amazing place. The cathedral is awesome! The area around is very nice.
  • Church is beautiful inside and out a must see
  • Peaceful, open environment. Gothic architecture transports you to the old cathedrals of Europe.
  • “Our Basilica.” Majestic, Grandiose on par with the best in Europe and the best part is that is here in Newark, New Jersey, USA.