"INDIANAPOLIS: Artist, Athlete, Historian, Patiot" Top 5 Page for this destination Indianapolis by deecat
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Indianapolis, Indiana, capital city of Indiana, is a surprisingly cultural city..it has some of the finest War Memorials, Historic Districts, Top-Notch Museums, and spectacular Sporting Venues.
I don't think that the locals realize what an exceptional city it has become in the last 20 years.
My parents lived here for many years (which was during a time of turmoil and decline for the inner city). So, I knew very little about the downtown area. I attribute sports as a major influence on the "turnaround" of this town.
I remember the Pan American Games being held (surprisingly) in Indianapolis, and the rest is history. Sports became a focus; sporting venues were built; the Convention Center was built; and the city came "alive" again.
During the time that my friend Jill & I were in INDY (April 1-7), the Final Four in Women's College Basketball Finals were held. At the same time, there were trials in swimming competition going on.
After the city began to reclaim its splendor, the arts also became a local point. The city's Children's Museum is one of the biggest & best in the nation, perhaps the world! The Indianapolis Museum of Art, a National Historic Landmark, is located at the Oldfields-Lily House & Gardens, a 26-acre estate & historic house museum which is highly admired & respected. The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art (alliance partner of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution!) is "eye candy" both inside & out.
There are more than 140 parks that range from thousands of acres of nature preserves to modern recreation complexes. They have a system of greenway trails, or linear parks, that is supposed to eventually link 175 miles of neighborhoods, parks, & recreational, historical, & natural areas.
What the city has right now is certainly impressive.
The architecture in Indianapolis is also impressive. There are several historic districts that have been lovingly preserved. The homes range from German immigrant cottages to Federal/Italianate, Queen Anne, Gothic Revival, & Late Federal styles.
If the only spectacular architecture were the Scottish Rite Cathedral with its Gothic tower that holds a 54-bell carillon, the city would be worth a visit. However, it's not the only fantastic building or memorial.
There's also the Anthenaeum, an imposing and massive German structure that now houses the city's oldest restaurant (Rathskeller) & a YMCA!
In addition, there's the remarkable Murat Centre, an Arabic-styled temple in the Massachusetts Avenue Arts District. Besides being one of the largest Shine Temples in North America, it is also a Theatre.
But, as far as I'm concerned, the "Crown Jewel" of Indianapolis is Veteran's Memorial Plaza at Meridian & North Streets. It encompasses five blocks in three separate areas that include University Park Fountain monuments; Obelisk Square; and American Legion Mall.
It's truly awe-inspiring!
- Pros:Managable by foot or car; lots of history; great architecture; and terrific parks
- Cons:Many "locals" are unaware of its beauty, its history, & its architecture
- In a nutshell:A friendly, forward-thinking yet historic city with natural beauty, man-made splendors, and lovely citizens
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