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Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart is an architectural wonder in Newark

A view of the spires of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart from Mt. Prospect Avenue in Newark, New Jersey.
A view of the spires of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart from Mt. Prospect Avenue in Newark, New Jersey.
Lucy Santos

Spring is here in Newark and soon the cherry blossoms will bloom. After the Easter services, many families will pose for photos at Branch Brook Park, wearing their best spring outfits, with the backdrop of the cherry blossoms. The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart is a place of worship that is enhanced by the beauty of nature in the spring. From a distance on the Bloomfield side of Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey, one can see the cathedral with cherry blossoms in the background.

In July 1879, a fundraiser was started in order to gain financial support to build the Sacred Heart Cathedral as it was formerly called. After John Paul II celebrated mass at the cathedral in 1995, the name was changed to the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Jeremiah O’ Rourke, who was a renowned Irish-American architect, who founded the architectural firms of Jeremiah O’ Rourke and Jeremiah O’ Rourke and sons, who created several post offices and churches throughout the United States, designed the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The construction of the cathedral began in 1899 and ended in 1954. Unfortunately, O’ Rourke was not able to finish the cathedral. After a dispute in 1910, O’Rourke was dismissed as head architect of the project. The new head architect, Mr. Waldron, finished the cathedral and stayed true to O’Rourke’s architectural plan.

The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, which is located at 89 Ridge Street in Newark, New Jersey, is the fifth largest cathedral in North America. In December 1974, the cathedral became a historic landmark. The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart acquired great distinction turning into a national historic site on December 22, 1976.

From every angle, the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Hear looks different. The cathedral can even be see at a distance from Kearny, New Jersey. Once you see the magnificent Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, you will never forget it.