The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument is a 284-feet tall neoclassical limestone and bronze monument erected to honor Hoosiers who were veterans of the American Revolution, territorial conflicts that partially led up to the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, and the US Civil War.
The observation deck that can be reached by stairs for free or by elevator for a $1.00 charge.
The monument lies within "Monument Circle". The circle is the standard symbol of the city of Indianapolis, and the city's flag is an iconic representation of Monument Circle and the two streets (Meridian and Market) that feed into and out of it. One of Indy's recognizable nicknames, "the Circle City" comes from Monument Circle.
At one time, it was illegal to build any building taller than the monument within Indianapolis city limits, although there are now many skyscrapers exceeding its size.
Because of its status as a meeting place in the center of the city, several public activities and festivals are scheduled at or near the monument.