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Shrine of Remembrance
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Melbourne City Afternoon Tour
Ranked #3 of 415 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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Kerikeri, New Zealand
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“This is one of the reasons you can read this!”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Just go and remember. You don't have to be a military nut case to be in awe at both the monument and those it remembers.

Visited February 2012
Thank David B
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Sombre but worth a trip”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

Wonderful location, great building and well laid out for a tour. Obviously a war memorial cannot be a fun day out but it is a good learning point and the information inside makes you think about the first world war which is obviously what its about! Free tours inside by the volunteers and good videos and displays in the crypt downstairs and then great views from the balcony. worth a visit after being to the botanical gardens

Visited January 2013
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Very moving”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

The shrine have a small remembrance service on the hour. Worth staying to see.
Amazing building & well worth a visit

Visited January 2013
Thank Jenny6102
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Danielle H, Public Relations Manager at Shrine of Remembrance, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Hi Jenny6102,

Thank you for your review; we are glad that you enjoyed your visit. All visitors are welcome to participate in the Ray of Light commemorative service which runs daily, every half an hour from 10.30am in the Sanctuary.

We hope to see you again soon.

The team at the Shrine of Remembrance.
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Heritage place”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

It is a typical heritage place where visitor would visit only if they have time. Nothing special about the place. place with historical importance

Visited March 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Fantastic views, and great tours”
Reviewed January 17, 2013 via mobile

I wasn't so keen on coming here, but it ended up being great !
I went in a tour group, and had so much fun.
We had a great tour guide, who was inspiring and friendly.
Defiantly something to go check out :)

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