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Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

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Address: 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ 07104
Phone Number: (973) 484-4600
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One of Nwark's Standout Attractions

Construction began in 1898 but it was not completed in the French Gothic Revival style until 1954.Pope John II celebrated evening mass here upon his visit to the U.S. in 1995... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Montville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Construction began in 1898 but it was not completed in the French Gothic Revival style until 1954.Pope John II celebrated evening mass here upon his visit to the U.S. in 1995, where upon it was elevated to a Basilica. Located in the Forrest Hills section of Newark's North Ward, the Sacred Heart shines as a beacon when traveling on Route... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A bit of Europe in the heart of Newark. Not to be missed. Historic Landmark visited by Popes and world leaders.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Remember when my families law firm was in the city in the 50's. A destination then and now. truly old school

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Newark, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I live in the area so I've been to the basilica a few times but the last time I was there it was for a tour, the Cathedral is a must-see the architecture the statues how clean it is the history it's just an amazing place to see. There is not much else to see around the Cathedral so that... More 

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Morris County, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

You don't have to be Catholic - or even religious - to visit (we aren't). This is the kind of cathedral you go to Europe to see, but it's right here in Newark with easy parking and a great location next to the beautiful (especially in spring) Branch Brook Park. It's worth visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

When in Newark, it is a must visit. Breath-taking Cathedral! I went there on a week day to pray. A wonderful experience everyone should have. The decor will leave you standing and looking for a long time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

If you're from out of town or even a local, I highly recommend visiting this Cathedral whether you're Christian or not. Beautiful structures inside with a mini-type of museum towards the back with a small chapel and relics on display. A once in a lifetime experience. Enjoy!

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Morris County, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The building is magnificent. The stone work, the wood work, the stained glass are as fine as any I've seen in Europe or Mexico. When the choir is singing it is truly a wonderful spiritual event. There are choral, organ and other music presentations throughout the year. The Christmas Carol Sing Along is fantastic. The finale combines the choir, orchestra... More 

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Paramus, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The Basilica is truly amazing & beautiful. While it's not St. Patrick's or any of the other famous churches in the world it is definitely a destination that's worth visiting. We have been their 3 times in the past 6 years for a 1st Holy Communion, a funeral & a Confirmation & each time it was awe inspiring.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This church is amazingly beautiful, the stained glass and high ceilings had us in awe. We visited the church early on a Saturday morning. Only 1 door was unlocked which lead to the main office, we asked if we were allowed to look around and they happily said yes. We walked all around the church (which was completely quiet and... More 

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