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Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum - Soldiers & Sailors Monument
Ranked #12 of 163 things to do in Indianapolis
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Owner description: A monument built in 1902 as a tribute to the Indiana soldiers who served in the Civil War.
Indianapolis, Indiana
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34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A view of the city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

The Soldiers & Sailors Monument offers a great view of Indianapolis via an elevator, but you must be prepared to climb the last few steps, which are narrow and winding, to the small observation area. The architecture is interesting and significant.

Visited September 2013
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St. Louis, MO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“surprise history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

It is just a really cool looking monument with so much 3-d history carved in it and attached to it. Learned things about battles and wars I had never heard of.

Visited August 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“The Exclamation Point of Indianapolis”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

There are a few war memorials in Indy. This one I'm reviewing is called the Sailors and Soldiers Monument located on Monument Circle. There is another huge monument a few blocks north of this at 431 N. Meridian St. called the Indiana World War Memorial Hall that is generally called by the generic sounding name of War Memorial. That memorial commemorates Indiana men killed in World War 1 The reviewers on this site tend to put their reviews of the Sailors and Soldiers Monument into the other TripAdvisor heading(War Memorial) causing confusion for tourists.

This 284 ft. monument was built to commemorate the Indiana war dead from 1776 to 1865. It was designed by Bruno Schmitz of Berlin, winner of over 70 submitted designs of an international competition. It was built over the period from August 1889 to May 1902. It was dedicated amid joyous celebration with speeches, choirs and a patriotic anthem entitled "The Messiah of Nations," written for the event by John Phillip Sousa, with words by James Whitcomb Riley. It is one of the more beautiful monuments I've seen and I've been to Europe and Washington, D.C., places with well known monuments.
Around the base are 4 huge statuary groups representing war,peace, the return home and the dying soldier. Besides the statues there are other intricate designs including the huge candelabra along the steps and the smaller versions perched above the drinking fountains, where the water spurts from bronze buffalo heads.
You can ride an elevator or take the stairs to almost the top to get a 360 degree view of downtown Indy which is well worth it. There are few monuments that reach this artistic level, it is really impressive and no trip to Indianapolis should be taken without seeing the visual exclamation point of the Circle City.

Visited August 2013
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Vincennes, Indiana
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94 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“beautiful place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

This is a beautiful monument from the outside, with a nice circle of shops are restaurants surrounding it. Love the fountain

Visited August 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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65 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Walk to the Top for a Great Workout”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

This is a beautiful monument from the outside, with a nice circle of shops are restaurants surrounding it. We didn't realize that you could climb up to the top. For a mere $2 you can ride the elevator to the top. But, for more fun, climb the 330 stairs to the top. Challenging, but do-able. Great views of the city await you once you reach the top.

Visited August 2013
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