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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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A Moving Experience

Our visit to the Shrine of Remembrance was a very moving reminder of our tragic human war sacrifice. The use of refracted light was an interesting science lesson. An excellent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Our visit to the Shrine of Remembrance was a very moving reminder of our tragic human war sacrifice. The use of refracted light was an interesting science lesson. An excellent view of Melbourne CBD can be had from the manicured grassed area of the Shrine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A Must-See for anyone interested in our war history, it is a very moving place to see, I was surprised on the size of the Display in the bottom of the Shrine .Excellent!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Loved the short 6 minute movie along with the new exhibition of all the past and current wars. Found out that all the people who had enlisted in WW1 who were from Victoria have their names written in books held there and I managed to find my grandfathers name, what a thrill

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful setting and view around the city from the top. Easily accessible on the tourist bus that does continuous loops around tourist attraction within city boundaries. Easy walk into the Botanical Gardens thereafter.

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Everything. Emotional, well organised, very respectful to our fallen. I have never seen 60,000 people so engrossed in a Public Ceremony.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We noticed a ceremony going on which commemorated the Battle of the Coral sea as I recall. As such we decided to see the Shrine of Rembrance. Do take the time to go inside and see it. Quite a large structure indeed yet certainly makes one think of those those who were lost.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This place is amazing if you are into the wars that Aust has been involved in. Could have spent hours here!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We visited the Shrine as part of a coach tour of Melbourne- a very worthwhile place to spend a hour or two.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I visited the Shrine the day before Anzac Day. I am from the US and was able to learn a lot about the Shrine, Australian history and Anzac Day. I found it all very moving and I am glad I stopped to see it. I highly recommend a visit here even if you are from another country.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Especially this year, 100 years after Gallipoli, it's worth taking a trip to the Shrine. It's mainly about the majesty of the building and the overwhelming lists of the dead, but there are also some stunning views of the city from the roof.

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