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“A moving experience”

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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed February 22, 2013

The half hourly rememberance service of the passing of the Light was very moving and we felt priviledged to witness this. A wonderful shrine to the Anzacs.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

The tram to St Kilda was crowded so we jumped off, right outside the Shrine. We decided to go in. I'm glad we did. We spent 2 wonderful hours touring and contemplating, remembering the sacrifice offered by our forebears.

Thank samandjude
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

What a way to remember the heros! The architecture is a solem and interesting piece of art. The space gives a peaceful ambience. The line stated on the brick-color-wall, 'lest we forget' enables a deep reflection.

Thank Micahglory
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Shrine of remembrance is an imposing monument located in the botanical gardens in Melbourne.
The ground level of the shrine has an offering area where a remembrance prayer is held every half an hr to honour the soldiers.

The flame at the base of the shrine is lit throughout the year. Standing at the base of the shrine gives really good views of the Melbourne city; you can also climb up and get to the 2nd floor of the shrine which has a terrace and can give you different views of the city from all its 4 sides.

Thank Shitij S
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

They had lovely views of the city at the top, it is abit of a walk up to the top but well worth it in the end. The shrine is nice, very clean and a lovely way to remember those brave soldiers and nurses that went to war. A nice piece of architecture.

Thank dwdwdw_90
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