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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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“Supreme sacrifices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

A very imposing memorial to remind us of the sacrifices made by the war heroes to preserve the peace of the land....they sacrificed their today to give us a better tomorrow.

The view from the top of the memorial is too good. The volunteers who take you around giving you an account of the war, the history and other facts are friendly and knowledgeable. Good collection of photos that gives you an idea of what the country was and has been through.

Spare at least an hour to cover this one thoroughly. The location is awesome...within the Royal Botanical Gardens and convenient to reach.

Visited June 2012
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“impressive and sobering”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Everyone should spend about an hour touring this wonderful reminder of the sacrifices made by armed forces all over the world to preserve peace. Be certain to be there when they simulate the sunlight coming in at 11AM on 11/11. The guides are all v. friendly and well-informed.

Visited January 2013
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“If you like sort of things”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

I'm not too interested in war tributes thing, but I had to admit that this building is impressive, and you got a good view at the top of it

Visited January 2013
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“Really moving”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

As a WWI & II passionate, I loved this memorial, really moving, great pictures, and of course you learn a lot about those wars.

Visited January 2013
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“Anzac Day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

We were lucky enough to be in Melbourne for ANZAC 2012. We visited the Shrine on this relevant Day. There was a great sense of emotion and presence within the walls. There were returned service men on hand to recount history and share their personal stories with us. This made it special. some area were restricted to the public, which was dissappointing. The Bronze statues of the diggers are spectacular.

Visited April 2012
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