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“The Holiest of Holys”

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: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed January 4, 2014

A serene and beautiful place to reflect and think. Does justice to all those that perished for Australia.

Thank Nathan R
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Sitting atop a hill just across the river from the main part of Melbourne, the shrine is well worth a visit. The view from the gallery around the roof gives a panaromic vista of the region and puts the city in context.

Thank FujairahFan
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

I had not visited the Shrine since a student in school. However, I, now as a teacher, took 50 Year 6 students to visit the Shrine on our way to camp. It was such a wonderful experience. The education centre was fabulous and the volunteer guides a wealth of knowledge. The children were totally engaged the entire time. Being a mother of a son in the Army it made a very personal impact on me. If you want to learn more about what our soldiers, both men and women over many wars did and fought for, then visit the Shrine. You won't regret it.

Thank Peter Kim B
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

The shrine what a wonderful place for remembering our fallen soldiers.
A magnificent structure built in the early 1930's if i am correct.
In the middle of the shrine there is a monument in the floor.
There is an inscription on the plaque. You will have to go there to find out what the plaque says. It is definitely service related though. We were invited to attend a commemoration given by one of the guides who happened to be an X Vietnam vet. This gent and myself had a good talk and i would highly recommend a visit to the shrine in Melbourne if you go there.
Travel there is easy by tram which stops right outside the Shrine so this is another plus for the disabled to visit.

Thank bullfrog9000
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

Views are excellent, lovely, peaceful parkland... some capital works underway at the rear - but still worth a visit.. please be respectful - keep noise to a minimum as it is a place of reflection and not a place to roll down the grass hills and scream with laughter (as was happening on the day I visited).

Thank Jason V
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