Belmont Abbey College
is a private Catholic liberal-arts college located in Belmont, North Carolina, about 15 miles west of Uptown Charlotte. It was founded in 1876 by the Benedictine monks.
Basilica of Mary Help of Christians
Built over 100 years ago, the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians contains stained glass windows that were exhibited at the World’s Fair in 1892.
The Abbey Basilica of Mary help of Christians, under the patronage of Mary Help of Christians, is the central figure in the composition of Belmont Abbey and of the Belmont Abbey Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.
The basilica was built in neo-Gothic style in 1892, and was completely renovated in 1965 in a most striking manner. The church, which contains prize-winning painted glass windows and a unique baptismal font, is listed on The National Register of Historic Places. In 1998, the church was named a minor Basilica by the Vatican.
A Tradition of the Arts
From the earliest days of Belmont Abbey College, with the founding of the Abbey Players theatrical company in 1883, the students, faculty, and staff have collaborated in dramatic and musical performances.
• Arts at the Abbey is a free cultural series that brings artists from a wide variety of backgrounds and genres to campus.
• The Abbey Chorus, founded more recently, the campus choral ensemble is open both to members of the college and neighboring communities. As part of the Arts at the Abbey series, the ensemble primarily performs sacred works of the past 500 years but also does a variety of secular music from folksongs to musicals. The chorus is under the direction of Abbey organist Karen Hite Jacob. All performances are free to the public.
• The Abbey Players, in continuous production for the last 134 years, these productions are open to performers in the wider community through our association with Belmont Community Theatre since 1990. We take great pride in creating a very high quality event in an intimate setting. Join us, and you’ll enjoy some of the best performances for a very reasonable price.
The Abbey Crusaders play in NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas and currently compete in nearly three dozen men's and women's varsity sports. These include: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Cycling, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Triathlon, Volleyball, Wrestling and Volleyball. With so many sports, there are home games on campus nearly every night of the week.