Monument Circle, Indianapolis
Each side of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument represents something different. The sculptor for all 4 sides was Rudolf Schwarz of Germany.
The south side represents the Infantry (left) and Cavalry (right) and has a plaque commemorating the Civil War and the Spanish-American War.
The plaque reads:
To Indiana's Silent Victors
War for the Union 1861-1865
126 Regiments Infantry 175772
13 Regiments Cavalry 21605
1 Regiment Artillery 3839
28 Companies Artillery 7151
Killed and Died - Land Forces 24416
Indiana in the War with Spain
5 Regiments Infantry 6693
2 Colored Companies Infantry 219
2 Batteries Light Artillery 356
Engineer Corps 98
Signal Corps 55
Died in Service 73
The monument at Monument Circle is called the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. This is one of the most impressive monuments in the US. It was commissioned in 1887 and finally dedicated on May 15, 1902. The architect was Bruno Schmitz of Germany.
The monument was built to commemorate all those who served in wars before WWI. It is made of Indiana Oolitic limestone and stands 284 ft. 6 in. (15 ft. shorter than the Statue of Liberty). 330 steps lead to an observation deck (or the convenience an elevator if you choose).
Every December since 1962, the monument is decorated as the "world's largest Christmas tree." The lower level of the monument holds the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum.
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The top of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument has a large bronze statue representing Victory. It stands 38 ft. tall and is also known as Miss Indiana. The designer was George W. Brewster.
The eagle atop her head stands for freedom, while the torch in her left hand is the "light of civilization". The sword in her right hand resting upon a globe represents victory that is due to the army. She faces south, supposedly overlooking the defeated battlefields of the South.
In the picture, you can also see part of the glass observation deck.
The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument is surrounded by 4 candelabra that stand 40 ft. tall. There are also 4 smaller candelabra around the base, each with 3 bison head that spit water into a basin. They are made of bronze and were cast in Berlin, Germany by Bruno Schmitz.
In this detail photo, you can see a bear holding up the base of one of the candelabra with another one in the background (you can see other candelabra in some of my other pictures of the monument).
Monument Circle is in the center of downtown Indianapolis. It is one of the most recognizable parts of the city and is a great place to use literally as a hub of your visit to Indianapolis.
The Circle was once known as Governor's Circle and held the Governor's House, although no governor ever actually lived there. The mansion was demolished in 1857. The plaza in the center of the circle is 342 feet in diameter.
Monument Circle is named after the huge monument in the center and is surrounded by commercial property. See the following tips for more info.
Our hotel room had a great view of Monument Circle. The monument, dedicted to those who gave their lives in past wars, particulary the Spanish-American and Civil Wars. There is an observation tower at the top. Pay no mind to anyone that tells you there's a fee to go to the top. If you're claustorphobic, the elevator may be uncomfortable for you (especially if its full to the teeth, like when we went). But, alas, there is no other way to get to the top. From there, the views of the city are wonderful.
During the day, horse and buggy rides takes tourists, lovers and newlyweds around the circle. At night, this is a happening spot for locals.
A symbol of Indianapolis(sometimes called the circle city)This monument in the center of a traffic circle honors those killed in past wars. including the Civil and Spanish-Americian. You can take an elevator or steps and go up to the top. The Friday after Thanksgiving it is turned into a christmas tree from the lights that are hung from it
This is a nice place to visit and see the center of Indianapolis. They have a nice museum under the monument that give a bit of history. There is a chocolate shop on the SW part of the circle called The South Bend Chocolate Factory my family highly recommends. If you are a lover of chocolate or sweets, you must stop and grab a treat. They have the best hot chocolate drink I've ever had! Enjoy the Circle!
Monument Circle as become more and more the focal point of Indianapolis and its postcards. With recent renovations in the last few years, the area surrounding the Soldiers and Sailors Monument is being looked at as not only a meeting spot for romancers and teenagers, but businesses and companies vying to set up residence in Indianapolis.
During the Christmas and holiday seasons, the monument becomes the world's largest lighted Christmas "tree," and thousands flock to see the initial lighting. Other large events such as the Ferrari get together, Strawberry festival, and weekend cruising frequent this plaza.
If interested in the finer points of Indianapolis, the Monument Circle is a great place to start your search. It is also the centre point of retail in Indianapolis. The Circle Centre Mall is located within a block from the area, aptly named if you might notice, as are many independent retail shops, stores, cafes, eateries, restaurants and communication companies.
The Monument Circle is an unlined cobblestone that many point out replicates the small patch on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Track. This cobblestone brings the history and tradition of Indianapolis to the new and modern buildings surrounding it. Many of the building here though have gone untouched and the architecture from times long ago, but there have also been many renovations that have put Indy in the front group of modern USA cities.
Monument Circle, in the heart of the downtown business district features the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, which has been an Indianapolis landmark since 1902. It is dedicated as a memorial to the Civil War and Spanish-American War.
The Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum opened in October 1999 on the ground level of the monument. Nine video screens explain Indiana’s role in the war. A glass-enclosed observation tower atop the monument offers a great view of downtown Indianapolis.
The cost for the museum is just $1. It is open Wednesday–Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Located at the very heart of Indianapolis, you cannot miss the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.
Dedicated on May 15, 1902 to the common soliders and sailors of the Civil War, the only monument in the country to do so, is a beautiful tribute. Designed by German architect Bruno Schmitz at the cost of $600,000 it now stands as a tribute to all of Indiana's military service personnel in all wars previous to World War I.
At top is 'Miss Victory,' standing at 30 feet, only 15 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty. Inside is the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum and an observation deck at the base of the statue. Both are open at the same hours as the Indiana World War Memorial.
Pick up a brochure at any of the tourist sites for a detailed explanation of the monument.
At 231 feet, you wouldn't think the observation deck of the Soldier and Sailors Monument would offer much in the way of views, considering it is surrounded by a number of skyscrapers. But the views are surprisingly good, and it is easy to pick out the various Indy landmarks. You'll also get a sense just how flat the land is around these parts.
Climb the 330 steps up or buy a ticket ($1) for the elevator. I recomend the elevator.
Soldiers Sailors Monument which is smack dab in the middle of the city. Besides a race car this is the most reconizable emblem of Indianapolis is 284 feet tall and surmountedby a 30 foot statue of Miss Victory. It is completly consturcted of Indiana limestone and fetures exterior historical and mythological statues. The memorial was origionally dedicated in 1902 but underwent a major restoration the late 80's which I remember quite well because I was unable to take my college room mate who was from Japan to see it.
At the center of Indianapolis (or actually one bock north of the measured center) is the famous Monument where most locals call 'the Circle' and the monument is known as the 'Sailors and Soldiers Monument'
The monument has stood since 1902, was designed and constructed by an architect from Germany, Bruno Schmitz, and is a tribute to men and women serving in all wars.
Inside is a Civil War exhibit -- Indiana had a higher percentage of the men in the State serve in the Civil War than ANY other state except Delaware (74.3% of all males served)
The limestone sculptures are the work of Vienna-born sculptor Rudolf Schwarz (1865-1912). The bronze Army Astragal sculptural band above the monument base was designed by Nicolaus Geiger (1849-1897) of Berlin.
In the middle of downtown is this imposing monument to the Indianians who served and died in the civil war. Inside the monument is a museum of the civil war.