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Address: St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9661 8100
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Description: Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne's most iconic landmark, where...
Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne's most iconic landmark, where Victorians have been coming since 1934 to honour the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping. Enter the Shrine and experience the quiet solitude of the Sanctuary where hundreds of thousands pay their respects each year. All visitors are invited to participate in a Remembrance Ceremony featuring the Ray of Light re-enactment. Surrounded by the Shrine Reserve, the Shrine is elevated, overlooking the city of Melbourne within 13 hectares of beautiful parkland. Enjoy stunning views of the Reserve and many of Melbourne's landmarks from the balcony of the Shrine. Explore the monuments and memorials throughout the Reserve, including the Gallipoli Memorial, as well as the many remembrance trees dedicated to Victorian service units from the Boer War onwards. The Eternal Flame on the Second World War Forecourt symbolises eternal life for those who have served. The Ray of Light ceremony is central to the experience of the Shrine of Remembrance. A ray of natural sunlight passes through an aperture in the ceiling of the Sanctuary and falls onto the Stone of Remembrance over the word "love" at precisely 11.00 am on 11 November each year. This is the moment when the armistice was signed in 1918 marking the end of hostilities in the First World War. The ceremony is now reproduced every half hour using electric light to allow all visitors to the Shrine to experience it. The Shrine also has an extensive permanent and temporary exhibition space. The Galleries of Remembrance is a $45 million Victorian Government redevelopment that utilises 1,600 square metres of undercroft space beneath the Shrine. Over 850 objects illustrate the experiences of Australians at war and in peacekeeping operations, from Pre-Federation to the present day, with a particular focus on individual and unit stories of Victorian service and sacrifice. A highlight of the exhibition is the SS Devanha lifeboat, a Gallipoli landing boat on loan from the collection of the Australian War Memorial. The Devanha carried soldiers of the 12th Battalion and the 3rd Field Ambulance into Anzac Cove on the morning of 25 April 1915.
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To be there for the whole service (ANZAC Day) at dawn is a very special time. When the light comes up behind the shrine, and the piper is playing, it just sends a shiver up your... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

To be there for the whole service (ANZAC Day) at dawn is a very special time. When the light comes up behind the shrine, and the piper is playing, it just sends a shiver up your spine. It's something that everybody must do at some point in their lives.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Hop on off bus - last time I missed visiting -this time spent some time taking in the views, commemoration points, noticed international visitors and the relevance of the shrine, upgraded security this week, visited balcony, crypt, and individual memorial gardens. Look towards Swanston street for views of the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We arrived after the Shrine itself was closed but the perpetual flame is always very moving and the serenity so close to the city is very interesting. The view down towards the CBD is also very beautiful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Visited twice - the first time I arrived only a little before closing and had time to visit the shrine and balcony but not nearly enough time for the museum. I came back and spent another 2-3 hours looking through the history of Australian warfare. Great exhibits and the special exhibit on Gallipoli was very interesting as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne is a location that i have seen many times from afar, it is visible from the Flinders St Station intersection when looking down St Kilda Road. The fact that it looms large from such a distance gives you an indication of how striking the memorial is and how large it is. Set in Kings... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I was here the week of Anzac Day (Sorry, I think I butchered that) Australian/new Zealand memorial day, very powerful to visit, worth the time. The ribbons display blew me away!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The gardens surrounding and the steps leading up to it are very impressive. Lots to see inside the building and to remember the fallen soldiers. You get wonderful views of Melbourne from the top of the Shrine.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Wasn't that interested but had a lot of respect for the shrine. Never been back since but maybe when I'm older I will appreciate the shrine more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The Shrine of Remembrance originally built to commemorate those who served during the first world war offers a respectful tribute to our service men and women. Set amongst beautiful garden surrounds it looks down Melbourne's St Kilda Road and then Swanson Street with some magnificent views.In recent years a Visitors Centre has been added and new exhibitions are displayed in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

An impressive and solemn tribute. We hadn't been intending to visit but passed it on our walk to the botanic gardens and made a detour on our way back.

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