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“A very fitting opportunity to remember the sacrifice of others” 5 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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“A very fitting opportunity to remember the sacrifice of others”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The gardens and the shrine provde an opportunity to remember the sacrifice of others and reflect on freedom. We visited here as part of a City Tour and appreciated the fact that we had ample time to visit the Shrine and the surrounding grounds.

Visited May 2013
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“Nice grounds and an icon of Melbourne City”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

If you are visiting Melbourne for the first time, this is an iconic place to take a picture.

yes it is a memorial for the fallen soldiers of Australia but then the building is unique and it is an icon so if you take a picture in front of this building people who see it will know that you were in Melbourne.

Visited June 2013
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“Very moving, fantastic views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

This is a very moving place ... a sacred space well worth a visit. It's very easy to reach by tram or bus. And the views of the city from the Shrine are spectacular. The surrounding botanical gardens are gorgeous and well worth an afternoon's leisurely stroll and coffee.

Visited March 2013
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“Special place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

The Shrine of Remembrance was placed in an ideal location. Once there, you can look in the distance and see a close view of the skyline. However, standing there everything is silent and somehow peaceful. Make sure to stand close to the flame, lingering as long as you desire. Most importantly, be aware of why you are there.

Visited January 2013
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“Melbourne's Shrine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

I like the eternal flame that is outside. It is a respectful place, that is surrounded by a gorgeous city and beautiful gardens.

Visited June 2013
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