Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Way back in 2012, I started taking classes to better learn both how to use manual settings and take better photos. With my Canon T3i in hand, I attended a hands-on workshop hosted at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ.

From Wikipedia:

The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the fifth-largest cathedral in North America,[2] 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.

The church is not only one of the largest, but also has a distinguished history. During Pope John Paul II’s visit to the United States in 1995, he celebrated evening prayer at the Cathedral. At this occasion, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart was elevated to a basilica to become the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

For a photographer, there is much to photograph from architecture to decorations. For a beginner photographer, the environment is well suited to learning hands on as you’re dealing with the yellows of candle light, low light areas, angles, leading lines, and so much more.

You may also like


  • Mellzah
    March 27, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    What a gorgeous learning space. 🙂

    • Greg V
      March 28, 2016 at 1:43 am

      @Mellzah, the funny thing is that I took that skull and crossbones picture for you. I saw it and immediately thought of how much you’d appreciate it. 🙂

Leave a Reply