Soldiers and Sailors Monument/Monument Circle

Soldiers and Sailors Monument/Monument Circle

Soldiers and Sailors Monument/Monument Circle 1 Monument Circle Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

The monument is located on Monument Circle in the center of downtown and has come to symbolize the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana.

Designed by Bruno Schmitz and constructed between 1887 and 1902, this limestone monument includes sculptures by Rudolf Schwartz (who created the figures on the structure’s sides), George Brewster (who created the figure of Victory that caps the monument, as well as two astragals) and Nicolaus Geiger (who created the Army astragal).

A statue of Civil War-era governor Oliver P. Morton, created by Franklin Simmons, preceded the monument and was incorporated into its construction. John H. Mahoney then created three other similarly scaled figures (General George Rogers Clark, Governor William Henry Harrison and Governor James Whitcomb), to reflect Indiana’s participation in earlier conflicts.

The Col. Eli Lilly Civil War Museum is housed in the lower level. Observation level is 330 steps up or take the elevator to step 290.


Upcoming Events at Soldiers and Sailors Monument/Monument Circle

Past Events at Soldiers and Sailors Monument/Monument Circle



Sun, Sep 19, 2021 2:00 PM - Sun, Sep 19, 2021 8:00 PM @ Soldiers and Sailors Monument/Monument Circle

We are invited to perform during the day before the Yoga class

Tags: acrobatic yoga, Monumental Yoga, nonprofit



Sun, Sep 19, 2021 2:00 PM - Sun, Sep 19, 2021 8:00 PM @ Soldiers and Sailors Monument/Monument Circle

Every summer, IYM proudly hosts the single largest yoga event in the city: MONUMENTAL YOGA. With the health of the community in mind, this year’s event has been postponed and will take place Sunday September 19th, 2021.

New and advanced yogis alike are invited to join us on their mats this SEPTEMBER 19TH 2021 for the 8th annual MONUMENTAL YOGA event.

Tags: nonprofit, Monumental Yoga, benefit, Indy Yoga Movement



Sun, Sep 19, 2021 6:00 PM - Sun, Sep 19, 2021 8:00 PM @ Soldiers and Sailors Monument/Monument Circle

Hello Drum fans, this Sunday following the yoga class for Monumental Yoga on the Circle, we will have a healing drum circle.

The yoga class is from 5-6 and we will set up on the grass of the south-west corner of the monument.

This drum circle is for all drummers and you can bring singing bowls and didgeridoos and flutes and hand drums of all types. We will have a couple of extra drums available.

Comment with any questions and we will see you there!!

Tags: Live Music, drum circle, Monumental Yoga



Wed, Jan 22, 2020 11:30 AM - Wed, Jan 22, 2020 2:00 PM @ Soldiers and Sailors Monument/Monument Circle

Indy Feminists, the Party for Socialism and Liberation – Indianapolis, Queering Indy, and Women’s March Youth Empower Indiana are standing up for choice and against anti-abortion stigma and shame!

Abortion and contraceptive access are often central themes when discussing reproductive healthcare. But there is more to the full range of reproductive care to which all people should have the right: Quality and accurate sex education; contraceptives and the morning-after pill; abortion care; elective sterilization; appropriate care during miscarriage and stillbirth; and pre- and post-natal care are all critical to full reproductive justice.

However, as feminists, our struggle isn’t only for a limited set of rights: it is a struggle against patriarchy and oppression of all kinds. When fighting for reproductive healthcare, we also fight for healthcare that benefits all people — including discrimination-free, comprehensive and safe healthcare for LGBTQ people. When talking about misogyny and attacks on women, we proudly, unabashedly, and with the utmost urgency defend our trans sisters and denounce anyone who denies their womanhood. When talking about gender equality, we recognize that gender itself is a broad and brilliant spectrum, not an “either/or” binary. And when fighting for reproductive justice, we understand that is especially a struggle for poor and working-class people and oppressed communities, such as the Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities who are particularly impacted.

We hope you’ll join us on Monument Circle, January 22nd at 11:30am to lend your voice to the struggle. End the stigma! End the shame! Abortion access is a human right! For a world free of misogyny and patriarchy! WEAR RED! We will bring the signs, music, and pro-choice chants!

#MarchforChoice #AbortionIsAHoosierValue #ProChoice #ProAbortion #AbortionAccess #AbortionIsABlessing

Tags: reproductive rights, abortion, March for Choice, social justice, nonprofit, Women’s Health Care



Fri, Nov 29, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Nov 29, 2019 8:00 PM @ Soldiers and Sailors Monument/Monument Circle

For 57 years, thousands of spectators have gathered Downtown at Monument Circle to see the most spectacular holiday display illuminate. Central Indiana’s most beloved tradition is here again and even better. The Downtown Indy, Inc. Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW 481 will take place the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29, 2019.

More than 100,000 spectators are expected for the FREE ceremonial lighting and holiday kickoff. Entertainers chosen from statewide auditions will share the stage with performers from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s IPL Yuletide Celebration. (NOTE: auditions closed Sept. 26.)

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the live televised show running from 7 – 8 p.m. on (NBC) WTHR-13. The Monument light-up will occur at approximately 7:55 p.m.

Details at

Tags: Circle of Lights, Festival, Monument Circle, Happy Holidays



Sat, Jan 19, 2019 1:00 PM - Sat, Jan 19, 2019 3:00 PM @ Soldiers and Sailors Monument/Monument Circle

UPDATE: The march will begin from Monument Circle at 1pm, and we will march together *on the sidewalks* to the American Legion Mall, where we will hear from speakers until 3pm.

Don’t have your marching legs? No problem, meet us at the American Legion Mall around 1:30 for the start of our official program.

Women brought our #PowerToThePolls this November and elected a record number of women and the most diverse Congress in our nation’s history. But we know there is more to be done — especially here in Indiana. We must demand concrete policy changes that reflect the values we first marched for two years ago. The #WomensWave will carry us into 2019 and beyond, as we build the world we want to live in. Join us!

Sign up to get on our email list here:

We are partnering with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky and All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center to offer a FREE Pre-March Institute on reproductive freedom in Indiana. Sign up here:

Able to volunteer the day of the event? Sign up here:

Have your business or organization become a sponsor with a deductible donation!:

– Sponsors of $100 or more: Featured on our website and social media platforms
– Sponsors of $200 or more: Featured on our website and social media, and offered free merchant tabling at our anniversary event
– Sponsors of $350: All of the above and we will display your business cards at our Women’s March table on the day of the event, as well as put your logo on the back of our official anniversary t-shirt!*
*Last day to donate to get on the back of our shirts will be 1/2

We invite non-profit organizations, businesses, merchants, and female-identifying candidates to table, and food trucks to park along the route. Please register here:

Tags: #WomensWave, Women’s March, Indianapolis, 2019



Sat, Sep 01, 2018 10:00 AM - Sat, Sep 01, 2018 12:00 PM @ Soldiers and Sailors Monument/Monument Circle

Animal lovers of Indiana UNITE for this special event to celebrate kindness toward animals. Bring your friends and family to be part of the largest gathering of animal lovers in our state’s history!

Sadly, more animals are unnecessarily harmed in Indiana than almost any other state. From puppy mills, corporate farming and hunting/trapping/fur, to the extensive use of animals for laboratory research. But underneath it all, voices of kindness are growing in number and volume. This march/rally is an opportunity for us to come together and make a statement that animals should never be harmed for human purposes.

Speakers include:

Robert Grillo – Founder and Director – Free From Harm

Michael Budkie – Executive Director – Stop Animal Exploitation Now

Carrie LeBlanc, M.A. – Executive Director – CompassionWorks International

Michelle and Mark Pruitt – Founders – Upland’s PEAK Sanctuary

Kate and Andrew Yundt – Co-founders – Kanda Farm Sanctuary

Kristina J. Addington – Owner – V-Grits Food Co. Louisville, KY

We will be announcing more speakers and events for the day in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Tags: Indiana Animal Rights March, Indiana Animal Rights Alliance



Thu, Jun 21, 2018 4:00 PM - Thu, Jun 21, 2018 9:00 PM @ Soldiers and Sailors Monument/Monument Circle

Monumental Yoga happens annually on the Summer Solstice and is a time for the community to come together for day of love and yoga!

4pm Yoga Village opens
4:05 Meditation with Heartfulness on NW Grassy Quad
4-6:30pm Mini classes on SE Grassy Quad
4pm Core HIIT (Invoke)
4:30 Myofascial Release (Practice Indie)
5pm Slow Flow (Blooming Life)
5:30 Yoga for Athletes (The Hot Room)
6pm Yoga for Kids (parent much be present! kOMpose)
7pm Community Yoga Class!!!
7:15pm Family Yoga Class on SW Grass Quad (kOMpose)
8:30pm Yoga Village Closes

This is a donation based class and net proceeds go to support Indy Yoga Movement!

Free bike parking provided by IndyCog will be available. YAY.
For more details head to

And… this event could not happen if it were not for our amazing sponsors and The Athenaeum Foundation, Inc.!

Title Sponsor:
Morter Institute for Bioenergetics

Corporate Sponsors:
Eskenazi Health

Guru Sponsors:
Blooming Life Yoga Studio + School
CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health and Nourish Wellness
The Hot Room – Hot Yoga Indianapolis
The Yoga Studio
Invoke Studio
Indiana Yoga Studio
Practice Indie Yoga
Matlick, LLC

Sage Sponsors:
Peace through Yoga
Walk The Talk – Speaker Series
WTTS – 92.3

Yogi Sponsors:
Studio You Yoga
Visit Indy

Tags: Monumental Yoga, Solstice, Monument Circle, Summer


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