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“Very moving” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Shrine of Remembrance

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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“Very moving”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

A must see for any visit to Melbourne. A place to reflect and pay respect for those lost at war.
Beautiful monument.

Visited March 2013
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Danielle H, Public Relations Manager at Shrine of Remembrance, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
Hi Ricci D. Thank you for your review, we are pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Please note for your next visit that Ray of Light cermonies take place in the Sanctuary every half an hour from 10.30am.
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“Moving.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

A fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in the many conflicts Australia has fought in. Check on your timings once a day there is a minutes silence as the sun enters through the ceiling and illuminates a memorial.

Visited October 2012
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“A must visit place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

The setting I the gardens is magnificent. Easy to get to via tram from the city. The Eternal Flame causes people to stop and reflect on the evil of war. Walk around the building and be inspired to join the next Dawn Service on ANZAC day or the service on Remembrance Day

Visited November 2012
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“Lest we Forget”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Very solemnn and moving. Makes you remember how truly lucky we are to live in such a wonderful, free country. Lets all work to make sure their sacrifice was not in vain

Visited December 2012
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“Pay your tribute to the heros”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

It is a very solemn place, and is a place full of wealth of knowledge to remind people of the meaning/implications of war. Volunteer guides are available to assist visitors. So, do plan your trip in advance to benefit from the trip there.

Visited February 2013
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