In 1842, the Rev. Edward Sorin first set foot on the land that would become the site of the University of Notre Dame.  Two years later, Father Sorin wrote, “When this school, Our Lady’s school, grows a bit more, I shall raise her aloft so that, without asking, all men shall know why we have succeeded here. To that lovely Lady, raised high on a dome, a Golden Dome, men may look and find the answer.”

Today, the statue of the Virgin Mary, “Our Lady,” atop the Golden Dome of the school’s administration building is the iconic symbol of the university, which is located in Notre Dame, Indiana.  In this photo, the statue of Father Sorin appears to be directly beneath the Golden Dome but, in fact, is nearby in the main quadrangle.

Father Sorin


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