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University of Notre Dame, South Bend

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Visit historic University of Notre Dame to learn about its prestigious history. Take a tour from the visitor center and see the Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, a one-17th-size replica of the famed 1896 grotto in France. On hushed feet, explore Basilica of the Sacred Heart, an intricately designed Gothic-style church decorated in the university's colors of blue and gold. At the main building, also known as Golden Dome, you can see the 8 m (19 ft) gilded statue of Mary that adorns the top. The Hesburgh Library, which opened in 1963, serves as a modern addition to the university's buildings with an external mural of Jesus, commonly known as "touchdown Jesus," containing 81 different types of stones from 16 countries. The mural faces the Notre Dame stadium. Plan your University of Notre Dame visit and explore what else you can see and do in South Bend using our South Bend trip planner.
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  • What more can you say, the history, the campus, the education, the prestige. So happy to be able to visit often! 
    What more can you say, the history, the campus, the education, the prestige. So happy to be able to visit often!  more »
  • We are big fans of wandering around university campuses and Notre Dame's is beautiful. The grounds are nice for walking and be sure to see the Basilica and Golden Dome. Of course, Notre Dame is a... 
    We are big fans of wandering around university campuses and Notre Dame's is beautiful. The grounds are nice for walking and be sure to see the Basilica and Golden Dome. Of course, Notre Dame is a...  more »
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  • Great architecture I can't really say much about the university itself, I just came to visit to see the stunning basilica. There were actually less buildings with unique architectural elements than I was expecting. It appears that the bookstore and dorms and most general buildings are mostly square brick structures. Still worth visiting to see the Grotto, Basilica, and gold dome.
  • I was here over the weekend on business. Decided to go for a 5k run around campus. Was absolutely beautiful. It was nice to see a campus that is kept up so nice. Great architecture as well as landscaping. If you’re in the area highly recommend take a look around!

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