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April 6, 2012

Public tours planned for Indianapolis catacombs

Indianapolis —  

Public tours are expected to start this summer of catacombs dating to the 1880s underneath City Market in downtown Indianapolis.
 
The brick archways, limestone columns and cavernous walkways span 20,000 square feet underground and were part of a building that burned down in the 1950s.
 
City Market director Stevi Stoesz tells WTHR-TV that it isn’t known now why the catacombs were built and that few people know they exist.
 
Limited tours of the catacombs offered during Super Bowl week in February were such a hit that organizers are planning to start offering more in June.
 
Some have suggested turning the area into a wine cellar or nightclub, but Stoesz says it would cost millions to meet safety codes.

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