just as in washington dc, my favorite time of day to visit monuments is night. the lights of both the city and those used to illuminate the structures create a spiritual aura and also allow the monuments to stand out architecturally from their surroundings in a way they cannot in daylight. the soliders’ and sailors’ monument is at the center of downtown indy – in what is called ‘monument circle’. major arteries of the city trail off in four directions from the circle. (in a city that is already known for being the ‘crossroads of america’ – you truly feel at the center of the crossroads here.) monument circle features everything from the monument itself to home of several well-known radio stations to the columbia club (very old and traditional social club – and scene of my senior prom) to ice skating in winter to rows of motorcyclists lined up along the perimeter in summer. the monument was dedicated around 1900 and honors all veterans pre-twentieth century. the indiana world wars memorial (a few photos down – and just north of monument circle) honors veterans of those wars. didn’t know until i read this morning – but indianapolis is “second only to DC in acreage and number of monuments dedicated to veterans” (indiana war memorial). this is one of many incredible aspects of downtown indy – which is as thriving an urban area as any i’ve seen.

soldiers’ and sailors’ monument

soldiers’ and sailors’ monument

soldiers’ and sailors’ monument – north side

view from monument circle to the state house

soldiers’ and sailors’ monument – south side

soldiers’ and sailors’ monument

soldiers’ and sailors’ monument

indiana world wars memorial

doorways to indiana world wars memorial

long sleeves and jeans = a gloriously cool night at monument circle