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The Indiana World War Memorial Plaza is a solemn structure built to immortalize the soldiers who fought in World War I. The memorial was originally conceived in 1919, with the hopes of luring the American Legion to make their headquarters there. Despite the cornerstone having been laid, some parts of the memorial plaza were not completed until 1960. The centerpiece of the plaza is the memorial building itself, standing at a height of 210 feet (64 meters). This building draws inspiration from the ancient Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, residing in present-day Turkey. Ornamented on all sides by pleasant bushes, rolling lawns, stunning statues, and a fountain, the memorial is home to a museum, auditorium and the Shrine Room. Proclaimed a National Historic Landmark, the Indiana World War Memorial is a stirring locus of American history and a deep sense of architectural excellence.

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.

One of the famous landmarks of Indianapolis, the President Benjamin Harrison Home was built in the 1870s and is now a museum dedicated to President Harrison. In order to explore his life, the historic building houses artifacts and books belonging to the Harrison family. The chambers have period furniture, the president's personal items, and political memorabilia. The house is also a venue for city events and exhibitions. Tours of the house are held every half hour.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the world's first ever racing track to earn the epithet of a 'Speedway'. Boasting a capacity of 400,000 spectators, this track can be aptly described as the holy grail for motorsports aficionados across the globe. Since its construction in 1909, Indianapolis Motor Speedway has hosted several prestigious racing events but the revered Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 have always been its major crowd pullers. The on-site Hall of Fame Museum houses NASCAR and racing memorabilia and artifacts. At any given time at least 75 vehicles are on display for the public.

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.

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.

Popularly known as One Indiana Square, the Regions Bank Tower boasts a stunning glass facade that glimmers in the sunshine as it stands tall even today. At an imposing height of 36 storeys, this building was the Indiana's tallest at the time of its completion in 1970. Its reign as state's tallest building continued for 12 years and was only brought to an end in 1982 when its height was finally surpassed by the OneAmerica Tower. Nevertheless, the Regions Bank Tower continues to draw admiring gaze of onlookers even today, having forever made its mark in history.

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