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Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum - Soldiers & Sailors Monument
Ranked #20 of 179 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.
Reviewed 4 December 2011

In the middle of monument circle, this is an awesome monument with real historical meaning. Climbed the stairs to the top (pay the $2 if you are not in good shape!) for a great view from the top of the monument. The museum is in the "basement" and is a nice tribute to the civil war.

Thank Msullivan66
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Reviewed 6 May 2010

This lovely monument is the hallmark of this Indiana metropolis It is a magnificent work of architecture dedicated to Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Hoosiers who fought and died in our wars.

Thank margatemensch2016
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Reviewed 13 October 2008

This memorial sits right in the center of downtown Indianapolis (Meridian and Market) and is a beautiful monument to our soldiers and sailors.

Just seeing the memorial is impressive enough but it is worth the time and effort to park the car and get up close to the monument. There is a lot of artistic detail on the memorial that you will only notice if you take the time to walk around it. There are also beautiful water features, which are not apparent when you drive around it.

While we were there, the memorial itself was open and you could take the elevator or stairs to the top. As mentioned in other reviews, the memorial is about as tall as the Statue of Liberty so it is a lot of stairs. The brochure states that if the monument was built today, it would cost over 500 million dollars, so you can imagine the scale of this monument.

You can ride an elevator to the top of the monument. The elevator ride cost $1/pp. The elevator is old and takes a while but it fun to ride up and see the interior of the monument out of the glass sides of the elevator.. When you do get to the top, there is a small glass enclosed viewing area. This area gets extremely hot on warm, sunny days since there is no ventilation, so be forewarned and the glass could use a good cleaning as well.

After you see this monument, I highly recommend you drive North on Meridian to see the World War 1 Monument and the Verterans Memorial.

1  Thank Jason P
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Indianapolis, IN
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Reviewed 15 July 2006

This is one of the most unique monuments in the United States, if not the world.

It is nearly as tall as the Statue of Liberty and it commemorates the common soldiers and sailors of the Civil War. It is adorned with statuary, surrounded by fountains and in the geographic center of the city and the state.

Don't miss the Civil War museum underneath and the trip to the top. There is an elevator or you can take the steps.

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Tucson, AZ
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Reviewed 22 September 2002

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.

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