After being interviewed in Elkhart on PBS station WNIT a week ago or so, I made my husband stop in South Bend and give me a tour of the University of Notre Dame. I figured since we were so close that it would be a perfect opportunity to add another college campus to my list of campuses visited. To date, besides the University of Alabama, which I attended, I have visited Auburn, Univ. of Tennessee, LSU, Arizona State Univ., Tampa, NYU, University of Texas in El Paso, and Vanderbilt University, to name a few.
Notre Dame's campus was beautiful! Even though it was an overcast day, I could still appreciate the medieval buildings and that sense of tradition just permeating the air.
We didn't spend much time there as we had a long trip back home, but I did manage to get a few pictures and get an overall feeling of the place.
Notre Dame Stadium is very impressive. According to the official athletic website, "The current capacity of Notre Dame Stadium is 80,795, a figure that was modified in 2001 from 80,232. In 1997, the figure was 80,225 which was based on computerized seating projections made prior to the completion of the construction of the new seating area".
Notre Dame's Basilica of the Sacred Heart could be seen on our car tour as well as the famous golden domed Main Building of the University of Notre Dame (see picture above).
I wish we could have gone into the Basilica. If we had, I could have seen the famous murals by "Luigi Gregori, an artist-in-residence at the Vatican under Pope Pius IX".
According to the Notre Dame website, Gregori "came to Notre Dame in 1874 at the request of Father Sorin and spent 17 years completing his work. Among the more striking paintings are The Exaltation of the Holy Cross on the ceiling of the Lady Chapel, The Coronation of the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven on the arch outside the chapel and two paintings on the left and right outside the chapel, The Virgin Mary Appearing to St. Bernadette at Lourdes and The Death of St. Joseph. The center piece (above) on the ceiling over the sanctuary is a mural of the prophets, Moses, David, Jeremiah and Isaiah and the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John".
I'd love to visit there again someday, even if I am not a Fighting Irish fan, but just the beauty of the place is enough to bring me back for a longer tour. And I'd love to see it in full winter with snow all over the campus. Now wouldn't that be pretty?