Soldiers & Sailors Monument

Soldiers & Sailors Monument, Indianapolis

Soldiers & Sailors Monument

Soldiers & Sailors Monument
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Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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A monument built in 1902 as a tribute to the Indiana soldiers who served in the Civil War.
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Nicholas & Sarah
St. Petersburg, FL177 contributions
Jan 2021
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 symbol on one of the buildings, which I though was unique.
Written January 22, 2021
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Deborah M
Morrison, IL20 contributions
Jul 2020
You have to see the monument. There is so much history on all four sides of it. At night the monument is lit up. There was a patriotic song playing over the speakers and a reflection of the American flag off of one of the buildings behind it. Beautiful
Written July 26, 2020
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Jennifer B
Detroit, MI5,600 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
I mean, you can't miss this memorial because when you're coming down any of the roads, it's smack dab in the middle of the roundabout.

If you still find yourself driving past accidentally, it also is super huge, so there's that.

It pretty much fully explains what it's for, so there's no need to wonder.

There are steps all around so plenty of ways to get up towards the top. And makes for plenty of seating.

Fountains and statues on all sides.

Parking is scarce, as some spots are permit only, and most regular spots are taken.

Written July 14, 2021
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Crissy K
Memphis, IN550 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
Can’t miss the monument. Disappointed because you can tour the top. Apparently they closed the shop area for a 2 hour lunch so we weren’t able to go in. There was damage to the monument in the past couple of years :(. There were people around the monument trying to give you info for money. The downtown area has changed so much.
Written February 26, 2022
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Siamese71
Baltimore, MD47 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
Nice views of the downtown area once you reach the top. The elevator was out of order when I visited. 20 flights of stairs later, it was finally over. Of course, the way back down was easier. Call ahead to see if the elevator is working otherwise don’t attempt on a hot day.
Written March 6, 2020
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Claude F
Bristol, TN406 contributions
Aug 2020
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 down and remember those who gave all, so that we can be free. Happy trails.
Written December 21, 2020
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,481 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Recognized as one of the world’s outstanding monuments. It’s a great place to sit and relax. You can climb to the top for the breathtaking views.
Written February 25, 2020
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Located in the center of Indianapolis, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument towers over the Circle. The monument is a masterpiece and is actually much larger than it appears. The only true way to get an appreciation for it is to walk up the steps to see how large it actually is. Until 30 years ago or so the monument was by far the tallest structure in Indianapolis.

Located in the basement of the monument is the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum. The museum takes you on a trip back in time as it follows an Indiana recruit from training, to the battlefield and back.

Indianapolis is a city that celebrates its past. Other sites to see downtown are the Indiana World War Memorial, the USS Indianapolis Memorial (the US Navy's worst maritime loss), and the Medal Of Honor memorial.
Written August 13, 2001
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Vacationer11572
Tucson, AZ1 contribution
I am originally from Indy and have been to the Monument many times. In all the reading I do about it, nothing is ever mentioned of the Steps going to the top. In raising money for the restoration of the Monument some years back, steps were bought for $1,000 to be dedicated to someone. We purchased one for my husband's brother, who was KIA in WWII. Just wish more was said of this topic and people could go read what is on the various steps. Thank you.
Written September 23, 2002
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Lois M
Kansas42 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
Difficult hike up the stairs to the top if you are not in good physical shape.... But otherwise wonderful! Beautiful fountain and just the history of this circle... Be sure to pick up the free pamphlet in the store and read it, it will guide you fully around the monument. I grew up in NW Indiana and didn't know even half of what I learned here.
Written October 19, 2014
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