Indiana War Memorial


"View of the Indiana World War Memorial from the South.  Indiana War Memorial

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Only Washington, DC has more city monuments and memorials than Indianapolis (in fact, Scottish surveyor Alexander Ralston helped design both cities). This 210ft-tall mausoleum-evoking limestone tribute honoring Hoosier veterans of World War I is one of its best and most deceptive.

Inside, the plush theater and war museum are worth a look, but nothing prepares you for the stunning upper floor Shrine Room, which cannot be discerned from outside. Sixteen blood-red marble columns flank a gigantic Garrison flag and the Altar of Consecration, all illuminated by somber blue stained glass. It's unexpected, dizzying and wonderful.