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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  • For those who have never been, Christmas caroling in the cathedral will be a delightful surprise. For us, who have participated many times , it is something to look forward to every year. Enjoy.  more »
  • I have traveled throughout the world & have seen many churches & Cathedrals. Sacred Heart is one of the most beautiful. The stained glass windows are magnificent. We happened to stop in on a day when ...  more »
  • I have stopped to take a look sometimes a take pictures. This is one of the largest cathederals on the East coast, from what I have read about it. There are nice Italian restaurants and bakeries nearb...  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)
  • Amazing and spectacular! Stunning and breathtaking! Modern masterpiece!
  • 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.

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