Scottish Rite Cathedral
650 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN, USA
www.aasr-indy.org - (317) 262-3100
Scottish Rite Cathedral Indianapolis Reviews
A must see Modern Marvel of the Religious World May 08, 2011
The Indianapolis Scottish Rite Cathedral is one of Indiana's Religious attractions. It is an outstanding work of architecture, a Neo-Gothic style of building and one of the finest and largest Masonic constructions. No doubt a lot went into building it, the dedication, labor and faith can be felt as one approaches it. Located downtown Indianapolis on North Meridian street, it can be seen from the vantage point of the World War II memorial. The best vantage point is right in front of the church at the Vietnam and Korean Wars Memorial. The cathedral is owned by the Valley of Scottish Rite in Indianapolis, unfortunately when I visited, the cathedral was closed. I found that quite interesting that it was closed on a Sunday. Most cathedrals are sanctuaries and sanctuaries are supposed to be opened. I can understand being closed during the week, but on a Sunday, a day of prayer? Well I guess that was just my luck.
The construction of the cathedral took two years and many million dollars. From 1927 through the end of 1929, construction progressed on what is now a landmark and a testimony to man's desire to please God. I did not enter the cathedral, so I do not know what the inside looks like, I should have liked to. This could be a reason for my return to Indianapolis sometime. I got caught up in the beauty of the outside and took a bunch of photographs. The outside gardens are well kept, the entrance is at the back with a big parking lot to accommodate large crowds.
At the top of the cathedral is a huge carillon bell that rises nearly twenty two hundred feet. The stained glass windows and arches speak of great craftsmanship. I understand there is a huge organ inside of the ballroom area, I did not get to see that as the cathedral was closed. One can rent the cathedral for weddings. I imagine it would make for great memories being married at such a cathedral. There are organized tours of the cathedral, one can pre-plan a tour. The tours can be booked online or by calling the cathedral's administrative offices. The tours are specific though, they are offered free of charge, every third Saturday of the month. So make time to see it. I could not have toured it anyways because this was the first Saturday of the month when I visited Indianapolis.
No doubt this is the most popular building in Indianapolis. This is a must see, when one is in the city. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Buildings. A pride for the state of Indiana.
PS: Do not leave for tomorrow what you can accomplish today!
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