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Shrine of Remembrance

St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia
+61 3 9661 8100
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Owner description: 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 newly refurbished Visitor Centre, opening August 2014, contains the impressive Gallery of Medals. This November the multi-million dollar Galleries of Remembrance opens to the public, providing permanent exhibition and education spaces that tell the history of Australians at war. Please note, the Shrine of Remembrance is undergoing major redevelopment during 2013 and 2014. The Shrine remains open, however wheelchair access to some areas of the building including the Sanctuary will be affected. The Crypt will be closed during the course of construction.
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Was taken along to the shrine by a couple of friends and really have to say it was great. Apart from getting some of the best views of the city of melbourne that I was able to experience all week, it was also very educational. The staff who ran the small ceremony should be thanked more often for their knowledge... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building and you will definitely get some nice photos here. Not many grand buildings like this in Melbourne so worth a visit. There is a new exhibition open in the crypt which is very informative if you take the time to read about everything on display. It's a solemn place of remembrance for all those that have fallen in... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Quiet, thought provoking with helpful staff and great to see many young people and international visitors there. A couple of small suggestions would be that many people wanted to have light refreshments and there were none and some more " interactive" displays might be good. Highly recommended.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

The view from the top is quite nice, with 360 degree views of the whole of Melbourne. The hourly remembrance ceremony was also nice. A decent walk to the top though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Lovely place to explore, relax and reflect but also surrounded by beautiful gardens and a lovely view from the top over the city of Melbourne.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

I had expected more in the way of information. It just seemed a grand building with not much content.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Went there on a May morning. Easy walking distance from St Kilda. The tranquility, solidarity of the surrounds give a special touch to the white sandstone dome. It is a truly memorable experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The shrine both inside and out provides you with time to contemplate the contributions that Australians have made to war and peace keeping. The building and its surrounds are well laid out with great views from the top level. We stumbled upon the VERY new art gallery at the shrine. ...it was only opened on the Tuesday prior....lucky. There were... More

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This existing monument is well placed, in close proximity to Melbourne City and on tram routes Great views from the roof overlooking Melbourne A place for quiet and peaceful reflection It is located close to the Botanical Gardens

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Allen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

They have a 2-5 minutes ceremony in the main room. To honour soldiers. It is a passing light. It is a really nice ceremony. Don't miss it.

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