A few days ago, You Are Here Photography had the pleasure of shooting Indianapolis' most iconic architectural structure, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in the the heart of downtown Indianapolis.
This massive monument pays tribute to local fallen heroes of the Civil War and while admiring all 300 feet of hand sculpted awesomeness, I wondered why I never bothered going INSIDE after living here for a couple of years? It's free, but it never crossed my mind to actually explore this landmark that has lived in my backyard, over a hundred years before I was born.
I asked my wife who went to high school here what it was like inside and she herself admitted that she didn't know."But you are from here I said?" She just shrugged. This made me realize that maybe, locals don't give their city enough credit... or maybe it's just my wife (I'll pay for that later).
I grew up in the North East in a beach town, and I swear I can count on my two hands the number of times I spent on the sand viewing the great Atlantic. Most of the time in the summer, the closest I came to thinking of the beach was rolling my eyes at the tourists who would cause unnecessary traffic on my towns main strip. Now, living in the Midwest, I miss the smell of sea salt, bikini watching, and pretending that I know how to surf. In college, I lived in San Francisco, yet it took me my fourth and final semester to finally cross the Golden Gate Bridge. I blame that procrastinating little prick, sitting on my shoulder, telling me that it's not going anywhere and I can check it out tomorrow, which brings me back to the Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument.
Our team put a physical piece of history on Google Maps this week, where someone from as far as Asia can virtually visit.
After being inside, I won't tell you what the view looks like after the long, slow, elevator ride to the top, and I won't tell you what lies deep underneath the circle... I'll leave that up to you to find out. It's been here for a century. Of course, you can just go through the Google Tour and call it a day, but you will only be cheating yourself.
The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, now a virtual tour on Google Maps.
Explore! Use your mouse or the navigation tool on the top left of the box to navigate.