Basilica of the Sacred Heart, South Bend

#2 of 87 in Historic Sites in Indiana
Church · Tourist Spot
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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  • Just a beautiful church. It is something to see to go to Mass. The Basilica is breathtaking inside. It drips with ND - Catholicism history. The Masses are special as well.  more »
  • This is a beautiful church. We were greeted by a docent as soon as we walked in and she did a fabulous job providing history and personalized tour. The stain glass is amazing. We have visited many....  more »
  • It is such a beautiful place to visit, whether you are religious or not. Indeed, it has a ton of history, so take the privilege to get a tour whenever you visit campus. From the stained class windows to the incredible ceiling artwork, be sure to admire the sights. With a strong emphasis on faith and community and Notre Dame, this is an especially spectacular place to visit. Stop for a mass, pray in the silence, or just spend time pondering the beauty of the building itself.
  • We were privileged to take a tour of this glorious church. We were there with a group so not sure how it was arranged but it was enlightening. So much history to learn. The history of the stained glass windows and the saints chosen was fascinating. I have often stopped in the Basilica for a contemplative moment. Now I have so much more to ponder. A wonderful place of peace and beauty. Don’t forget to spend some time at the nearby grotto.

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