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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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  • The grounds throughout the University were much like a manicured estate. The Basilica was world class, lucky are those students who have the opportunity to spend four years at this magnificent...  more »
  • We enjoyed walking around taking photos. In May the trees are in bloom and temperatures are pleasant.  more »
  • The campus was beautiful and I just found the people there so welcoming. The peace and serenity at the grotto was remarkable. This is truly a place to build a better relationship with fellow man and God above.
  • Beautiful campus. Definitely recommend coming here to see the fireflies at night and walk the grounds. Staying at hotel will get you access to gym on campus.

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