You Can Tour the Catacombs Below Indianapolis
Did you know there were catacombs beneath Indianapolis? If not, well you learned something new today! If you enjoy learning about history and exploring interesting places, these tours may be the right fit for you. The Indianapolis City Market teamed up with Indiana Landmarks to open up tours to one of the most interesting places in Indianapolis.
The catacombs tours will take place on the following dates and running every 15 minutes starting at 10 AM:
- August 7th
- August 21st
- September 4th
- September 18th
- October 2nd
- October 16th
- October 30th
the cost is $12 per person, kids ages 6-11 are $6 and kids 5 and under are free. If you'd like to secure your spot you can purchase tickets online here. Here's what the Indianapolis City Market says about the upcoming tours:
In partnership with Indianapolis City Market, Indiana Landmarks offers guided tours of an unusual site usually hidden from public view. These tours explore the Catacombs, a Roman-looking expanse of brick arches beneath the outdoor Whistler Plaza of City Market. Along the way, guides share stories of two historic buildings, City Market and Tomlinson Hall.The Catacombs qualify as both a ruin and a redevelopment opportunity. They’re what remains of Tomlinson Hall, an imposing building whose main hall seated more than 3,500 people. Dietrich Bohlen designed the hall and City Market in 1886. He also designed Indiana Landmarks’ Morris-Butler House. Tomlinson Hall burned in January 1958, turning Market Street into an icy lake as firefighters battled the blaze. The city took down the remains later that year and today an arch from the hall is all that remains above ground.Our Catacombs don’t have bones or crypts—at least none that we know of—but rather scores of brick barrel-vaulted arches that remain from what was the basement of Tomlinson Hall.