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“Architecture, views and history”

Shrine of Remembrance
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$52.27*
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Melbourne City Sights with Chadstone Shopping Experience
Ranked #3 of 410 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: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Melbourne, Australia
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Architecture, views and history”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

I recommend all visitors go to the shrine, as it is an impressive structure surrounded in beautifully laid out gardens, and provides visitors with a different aspect of how Australians coped with wars a long way from our shores. it's free.
The visitor centre underneath has a short film which is really informative, there are displays of medals, dedications to various battallions and so on in a peaceful and respectful setting.
You can go up to the balcony and see great 360 views of Melbourne. If you take the opportunity to chat to one of the guides (usually a Veteran), they can provide more information on the building and surrounds, such as the olive trees from Turkey and the Lone Pine tree.

Visited February 2013
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Bath, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful!”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

A lovely shrine, lovely surroundings and not too far from the city centre. Worth a visit and the surrounding gardens. All for free.

Visited November 2013
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Nowra, Australia
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“Peaceful, Lest We Forget.”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

A great tribute to those who gave their lives for the freedom many have today. The views from the upstairs terrace looking over the King's Domain and Melbourne are breathtaking.

Visited November 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“If you love history, this is a MUST!”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

Our tour director gave us a general overview of this very special Shrine. I would have loved to get more, but that was all we got from the tour.

We spent a great deal of time here. Looking all around the Shrine. Every direction offers great view of Melbourne skyline. Once you are up the highest balcony, the views of Melbourne was amazing. You can take very unique angle of Melbourne skyline from this Shrine.

We were lucked out with a lady in uniform who apparently decided to offer us a very personal tour of this very unique, special, and significant Shrine of Remembrance. She explained to us about the construction of all 16 granite columns, the meaning of 12 depictions carved into stones sat atop the Shrine.

We felt so much appreciation of a nation who had fought hard and sacrificed for its people.

A MUST see!

Visited November 2013
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sydney
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“Deeply Moving”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

I had been meaning to visit the Shrine of Remembrance every time I visited Melbourne, but it never happened until this July. I'm ashamed it took so long. It was incredible, and a wonderful tribute to our servicemen and servicewomen. I spoke at length with a WW11 veteran, and was able to share some of the experiences of my parents, who both served in that War. A moving and humbling experience, and I would urge anyone who hasn't been there to allow a couple of hours in your itinerary to visit.

Visited July 2013
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