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“War 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 4, 2012

War memorial; well done. Observation balcony gives a nice view of the city.

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Reviewed January 3, 2012

every anzac day this is the main point of every ceremonies. has museum under it (donation welcomed) and the eternal bonfire in front of the shrine.

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Reviewed January 3, 2012

Had a lovely afternoon at the gardens and the shrine. Has an excellent view of the city and has a great video about the world wars. Great layout

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Reviewed January 3, 2012

This is a beautiful building with the best view of Melbourne from the top. A free, guided tour is readily available. A beautiful, reflective spot.

Thank bettygill
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

One of Melbourne's iconic buildings set in one of the world's better parks. The view from the upper levels down St.Kilda Rd suggest some awfully clever planning by our town fathers.

Audiovisual is well done and the place just sends shivers up my spine given the memories and spirit that are captured here.

Bonus - not too many better places to hide from a Melbourne 40+ day.

Thank Lyn&MarkfromOz
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