Basilica of the Sacred Heart, South Bend

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Basilica of the Sacred Heart remains the tallest university chapel in the U.S. and a top tourist attraction in Northern Indiana receiving more than 50,000 visitors yearly. Located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, the Neo-Gothic church was decorated by the Vatican painter Luigi Gregori. The interior walls are painted with figures of saints, while the ceilings are filled with angels and starry skies. Notice the stained glass windows designed by the Carmelite nuns. The magnificent golden altar executed in Gothic Revival style remains the centerpiece of the interior. The small museum behind the sacristy keeps a papal tiara from the 1850s and a huge processional cross donated by Napoleon III. For travelers who use our international travel planner, South Bend holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Beautiful. Glad I visited. It's worth it to walk around on campus and visit these beautiful buildings. 
    Beautiful. Glad I visited. It's worth it to walk around on campus and visit these beautiful buildings.  more »
  • A must see when visiting the Norte Dame University. The Basilica of Sacred Heart is a beautiful cathedral and we were especially taken by the magnificent pipe organ. The paintings and stained glass... 
    A must see when visiting the Norte Dame University. The Basilica of Sacred Heart is a beautiful cathedral and we were especially taken by the magnificent pipe organ. The paintings and stained glass...  more »
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  • This place is absolutely gorgeous. If you are ever on the campus of Notre Dame make sure you come and visit this basilica. I think I have been to all the basilicas in the world now so it feels good to visit this one again. The inside is very quiet and serene so make sure you are respectful when coming in. You don’t have to be Catholic to appreciate this beauty.
  • If you ever get to visit the famed and picturesque campus of Notre Dame, you have to go inside the Basilica. To say it is beautiful, marvelous, wonderful piece of architecture and place of worship is an understatement. Pictures will never do it justice.

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