As BYU gets set to start a six-game football series with Notre Dame, with the first game coming on Oct. 20, here are seven must-see sites in South Bend, Ind.
The "Word of Life Mural," also known as "Touchdown Jesus," is one of the most famous landmarks on the Notre Dame Campus. It is a 132-foot-high stone mosaic of Jesus on the library building, facing the football field, with his arms raised, seemingly signaling a touchdown. The mural contains 81 different types of stone material from 16 countries.
The Administration Building, surmounted by a statue of Our Lady atop the world-famous Golden Dome, at one time comprised the entire University and in 1879 was rebuilt in five months after a devastating fire. The gold helmets worn by Notre Dame players mimic the Golden Dome.
The Grotto, fashioned after the famed French Shrine where it is said the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Bernadette 18 times in 1858, is one of the most popular stops on Notre Dame's campus. To Notre Dame alumni and students, the Grotto is a place to reflect and light candles, especially before football games and final exams.
Located in downtown South Bend, the Hall of Fame and museum was built in 1995. Notre Dame has the most inductees with 43. BYU has seven. The Hall of Fame is reportedly closing at the end of this year and could end up moving to Atlanta.
This place of worship is a magnificent work of art on the Notre Dame Campus with Gothic-inspired architecture, French stained-glass windows and colorful artwork on the interior.
A bronze statue just west of the Hesburgh Library depicts Moses in flowing robes at the foot of Mt. Sinai as he chastises the Israelites who have fallen into idolatry in his absence. His left hand holds the stone tablets that have the Ten Commandments engraven upon them. His right hand is extended heavenward as he declares there is but one God — creating the reference to "We're No. 1 Moses."
A statue placed in front of Corby Hall depicts Chaplain William J. Corby with his right arm raised in the act of giving general absolution to the Irish Brigade before they went into action on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Corby later served as Notre Dame's president twice.