The beautiful architecture of this Cathedral is a treat for the eyes. Though the walls are a simple gray, the colorful stained glass windows and mosaics will take you by surprise and leave you in awe. This historic space also offers its banquet hall, ballroom and auditorium for theatrical performances, private parties, corporate events, luncheons and other acts.
After a visit to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, explore the Oldfields – Lilly House & Gardens. Nestled on the grounds of the museum, this 26-acre (10.5 hectare) verdant landscape features manicured lawns, exotic flora, sculptures, fountains and garden ornaments. The mansion, former home of late business luminary and philanthropist J.K. Lilly Jr., boasts 22 rooms and illustrates American Country Place Era architecture. Take an audio tour of the house museum for a glimpse of 1930s culture.
A visit to downtown Indianapolis is incomplete without a stroll down the Monument Circle. This historic landmark encloses the famous Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, which pays homage to the heroes of the American Revolution. This site is also home to a wide range of cultural and local events held by the city. Attend the Marsh Cookout on the Circle, where you can expect good food for a good cause. Call the Visitors Bureau for more details on current and upcoming events.
Established in 1821, The Indianapolis City Market, is the one stop destination for all your food cravings and needs. The 19th century market house is not only a bustling tourist attraction but also an Indianapolis institution. The architecture is quite magnificent to behold too. It provides the locals with fresh products at affordable prices, and hence it is well sought after by all. The market also plays host to farmer's markets, movie screenings and pet supply drives among other events. One can also lease out the space for private events and functions. Whatever your food shopping and dining requirements, the Indianapolis City Market can cater to your needs.
Established in 1864, Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery is set in an expansive space and is the final resting place of many notable personalities, from Caroline Harrison to Etheridge Knight. Famous poets, senators, governors, artists have all found a place at this funeral home. To commemorate the legacies of these famous personalities, Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery organizes tours to enlighten both locals and tourists about their achievements and stories. Both private and public tours are conducted with varied themes. The Heritage Tour being the most popular among locals and tourists. Other tours include African Americans, Women of Crown Hill and Actors, Artists, Architects & Musicians. They also have a specialized tours for photographers. If you are interested to know the histories of iconic celebrities, visit their graves and pay respect, head to Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery and get ready to be amazed by their stories.
The locus of Indiana's civic know-hows, this majestic statehouse dates back as far as the year 1888. Bathed in exceptional architectural excellence, it houses the Indiana General Assembly, the Governor of Indiana and the state's Supreme Court. Enlisted on the National Register of Historic Places, the statehouse is ornamented with lush greenery and rolling lawns. Fronted by statues and sculptures of glorious countrymen, Indiana Statehouse bears stunning semblances of Neoclassical architecture. A time capsule containing government reports, a Bible, crop samples, coins, and books was placed in the cornerstone at the beginning of construction. Today, the statehouse is open to visitors and contains a collection of over 40 works of art spanning 130 years. Sheltering well-furnished chambers, an iridescent central dome, and a beautifully-lit hallway, the Indiana Statehouse is, indeed, the crowning glory of Indianapolis.
Nestled in the heart of Monument Circle in Cleveland, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument was built in honor of the veterans of the American Revolution, Mexican-American War, Civil War, and the Spanish-American War. Built between 1888 and 1901, this beautiful monument stands 284 feet (87 meters) tall and is the largest structure of its kind in the state of Indiana. Besides the towering obelisk, the memorial also possesses an admirable collection of sculptures such as the 'War and Peace', 'Dying Soldier' and the 'Return Home' statues which convey so much more than just sentiment. The Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum is housed in the monument's basement.