Soldiers & Sailors Monument, Indianapolis

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Monument · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Recognized as one of the world's outstanding monuments, the structure has come to symbolize both the City of Indianapolis and the State of Indiana. The Limestone used for the monument is gray oolitic limestone from the Romona quarries of Owen County. It stands 284 feet, 6 inches high, only 15 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty. It cost $598,318 in 1902. It has been estimated that building a similar structure today would cost more than five hundred million dollars.

The lower level of the Monument houses the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum. The museum portrays Indiana's contribution to the American Civil War, the war that saved the union from being split into two nations and ended the institution of slavery.

The Monument is apart of the Indiana War Memorial Plaza Historic District. The plaza includes the Indiana War Memorial and the USS Indianapolis Memorial on the canal which are all holdings of the Indiana War Memorial Commission.
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  • Unfortunately there was no water. However how they had everything lit up at night & the presentation that was displayed on the surrounding buildings was cool. At night they lit up the Colts horseshoe....  more »
  • The most striking and unique feature of this outstanding memorial is its location. It is in the very heart of this major American metropolis. While going about the business of living, one must slow...  more »
  • Beautiful monuments in the heart of Indianapolis. The brick streets surrounding it make it feel even more historic. There is plenty of pedestrian only area to walk around and truly enjoy the monuments. Parking was a little hard to find, but I drove straight into the circle, and I had never been there before. With some planning, I'm sure it's not too different. They have beautiful horses and carriages lined up waiting to take you for a scenic ride. I didn't have much time, but I cannot wait to go back. Very impressive! Well done Indianapolis, well done!
  • This monument is very intricate and beautiful with highly skilled and detailed sculpture. If you enjoy that kind of art, this monument is a must-see. Plan to take some time to absorb the details of this amazing place. This review does not apply to the visitor's center or interior of the monument, which was unfortunately closed when I visited.

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