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Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 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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  • Spectacular architecture and spiritually moving place. You would never expect to find this where it is located. Contrary to what others have said I did not find the neighborhood unsafe. It is just not...  more »
  • This church is beautiful and huge, this is a must see if you are in the Newark Area, Parking is a challenge in the area though. 
  • Always from my hotel window I could visualize far the silhouette of this church. On this last trip we took a taxi and met her. A finding in New Jersey, small and cozy. A European Temple in America.
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  • Stunning and beautiful architecture. Great place to go and relax while enjoying the buildings beauty. Even the little touches and color contrast is amazing.
  • This neo-gothic gargantuan basilica surely inspires a deeper connection to the Divine.
  • Truly an experience for any Christian denomination especially on Easter and Christmas Days. The choir is splendor at high volume celebrating Glory. It's easy to grtbto, has parking and the area is safe.
  • Beautiful. Fills you with joy. You will be happy you visited.
  • I went inside this church during an organ practice.. The music and the architecture was pure joy and amazement. It's a huge Gothic cathedral but once you go inside the radiance of God can be felt in the immense structure of the Altar and the aisles.