As University of Notre Dame kicks off its football season today against Florida State University, we’re featuring one of the school’s most famed landmarks: Touchdown Jesus.
More officially known as the “Word of Life” mural, Touchdown Jesus graces the side of the Hesburgh Library at the school in Notre Dame, Indiana. But it earned the nickname Touchdown Jesus because of Christ’s raised arms and its location behind the north end zone of the football stadium.
The mural measures 134 feet high and 68 feet wide and contains 81 types of stone from 16 different countries. Designed by artist Millard Sheets, the mural’s theme encompasses saints and scholars throughout the ages.
The library itself was the largest college library in the world when it opened in 1963.