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“A very moving memorial...”

Shrine of Remembrance
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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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed January 1, 2012

If you can stand through the "Last Post" and not be moved, then you have missed the main experience. The wall of medals is phenomenal! I'm a history buff...I seek out these snippets of history. Australia has a long military history that is worthy of study. This shrine is not only a great monument, it has some of the best views in the city! Please be respectful when visiting, though.

Thank Sneakycin
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

Wel maintained. even though there were a number of visitor, on entering the shrine there was a peace observed.

Thank John J
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Reviewed December 30, 2011

This shrine of rememberance is just 10 minutes walk from the city centre, or you can hop on a tram along St Kilda Road and enjoy the short 3 minutes ride, crossing the disctinctive Arts centre.Lot of well trimmed green grass and also the shrine is right next to Botanic Gardens, also a must visit when in Melbourne.

Thank rajiv91
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

Typical example of doing things backwards.. near the end of our holiday we took the free bus ride around Melbourne, and saw this place. Next day we visited and were wowed. It is an understated and poignant tribute to those who have served their country. As an extra, the view from the top is extraordinary. Afterwards we walked through the Royal botanic Gardens for another peaceful experience. What a contrast to the bustling city just streets away.

Thank MerlinBlaise
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

Even though we have no emotional relationship to the ANZAC forces, this was a very nice monument to visit. Beautiful architecture, and located close to the botanic garden. Definitely worth a visit!

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