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Shrine of Remembrance
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Melbourne City Afternoon Tour
Ranked #3 of 419 things to do in Melbourne
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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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Melbourne, Australia
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“a site to see!”
Reviewed September 8, 2011

The Shrine is near the botanical gardens. The building is beautiful. The flame is nice to look at, too.

Visited October 2010
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“A great view of Melbourne (and free)”
Reviewed May 19, 2011

If you want a great, and a slightly different, view of Melbourne you can't beat The view from the top of The Shrine. We have out of town visitors at work asking us where to get a great view of Melbourne and we always tell them to check out The Shrine. They are always pleasantly surprised.
The Shrine itself is also very much worth a visit on its own.
And nearby you have the beautiful Botanic Gardens.
So, if you are in town, check it out.

Visited May 2011
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“Beautiful building”
Reviewed April 17, 2011

I am not much for war memorials or anything that commemorates war, but the building itself is beautiful and the memorial is very well done. There is no opinions of the battles, just a tribute to those who have lost their lives.
The view from the top of the building is amazing

Visited April 2011
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“Very Majestic, and has allot of character”
Reviewed April 15, 2011

The Shrine is tucked away in the Royal Botanical gardens, the nearest Tram stop is Domain interchange and is a 5 minute walk. The centerpiece shrine is a marvel and the surrounding gardens and grotto's make it a nice place to visit to remember the fallen. The central pathway directly looks towards the Melbourne CBD, making it a great to view the CBD from a far, this shrine is very unique compared to other Memorials as it is very Majestic and has character. A Must place to visit.

Visited April 2011
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