Amazing monuments are surprisingly close to our hotel for your exploration and enjoyment. Monument Circle Indianapolis is second only to Washington D.C. for the city's number of historic monuments.
Located in the original center of the city, Monument Circle Indianapolis has been the epicenter of commerce. Throughout the years, the circle was popular for ministers preaching outdoor services, open-air markets featuring local produce and livestock and at one time the Governor's mansion.
Modern-Day Monument Circle
Today, Monument Circle Indianapolis is as popular as ever with many boutique shops and cafes, the Hilbert Circle Theatre (home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra), the Columbia Club (one of the city's oldest social clubs), several spectacular churches and the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum.
- Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. Built in the center of downtown Indianapolis steps from our door and was the first in the nation dedicated to the common solider. At just ten feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty (284 feet tall) in New York City's harbor, this neo-classical style monument was unveiled in 1901; and was built to honor the 24,000 Hoosiers who were lost during the Civil War. Originally the statue by Bruno Schmitz placed atop the monument was named "Miss Victory"; however, since Indiana fought on both sides of the war, the statue was renamed "Miss Indiana". Today, for a stunning view of our city, visitors may climb the 331 steps to the observation deck (or $2 to ride the elevator).
- Civil War Monument. Along with Indiana's Civil War veterans, the monument commemorates the valor of all Indiana military men and women in the wars that proceeded World War I. It was dedicated in 1902 as President Woodrow Wilson joined a crowd of thousands on Monument Circle. The cheers still echo today as you see Lady Victory, raising the flag, facing south, welcoming her troops home. At her feet is a former slave holding up a broken chain. High above flies the angel of peace, holding a victory wreath and an olive branch.
Interested in taking a walking tour of our great monuments? Find full details here.