Behind the Scenes Tour of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart

For more than 140 years, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart has served as a revered place of worship and prayer for Notre Dame students, alumni, staff, parents, and friends. This five-part video tour gives you the opportunity to view areas of the Basilica you may have never seen, learn more about the history and significance of some of the church’s most interesting features, and see what goes into preparing the Basilica for a major event.

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To begin this tour, learn about the church’s history from Rev. Peter Rocca, C.S.C., the rector of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart: 

Have you ever wondered what the inside of the bell tower looks like? Join Father Rocca on a journey to the top:

University Sacristan John Zack gives an inside look at what it takes to prepare the Basilica for a major liturgy:

Father Rocca details the significance of some of the most prayerful and liturgically significant areas of the Basilica:

From stained glass windows to sculptures, join Father Rocca for an exploration on the beautiful art found within the Basilica: