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Shrine of Remembrance
St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia
+61 3 9661 8100
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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 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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“Must do in Melbourne”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Surrounded by beautiful green gardens and a majestic structure indeed. If you go inside, there is some information and you will meet some interesting characters who will tell you all about 'the war'. Good for history buffs and nice photo opportunity. Easy to get to via tram along St Kilda Rd.

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“Wonderful tribute to the Diggers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Another must see for museum goers. It tells the history of the Australia's armed forces and has heaps of info on many of the battles they fought in. The vies from the top are quite spectaculer. There is a sombre athmosphere here and rightly so. A great tribute to the fallen.

Visited November 2012
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“very reverential place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Brilliant! Great views across the Botanic Gardens to the CBD, but also, a magnificent memorial to those lost through war. Go at the end of the day (5pm) and watch the small ceremony as the Last Post is sounded and the flags are lowered.

Visited December 2012
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“An unforgetable and moving experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

I was visiting the Shrine of Remembrance and was invited to hear about the Shrine and the Remembrance commemoration by the guide after which he replicated the Remembrance day experience by having a recording of the last post to be played and then for a shaft of light to shine on the tablet 'Greater love hath no man' as it would be on 11th hour,11th day 11th month.It was such a moving experience,I felt very priviledged.

Visited November 2012
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“Impressive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Awe inspiring I do wish we in the uk held a similar reverence. A visit at sunset is wonderful and would recommend!

Visited November 2012
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