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Shrine of Remembrance
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Melbourne City Sights Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise
Ranked #3 of 437 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
Reviewed March 2, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to the Shrine,it was a very calm, touching place.The guides inside explain the light which travels over the remembrance stone.There is also an interesting exhibition beneath which is worth seeing, they have some great photographs.

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Reviewed February 28, 2014

so peaceful just looking out on to the city where you have the botanical gardens right next door where you will have fun with the kids.The free city bus service takes you right to the door step of this land mark where you will find that every hour their is a short ceremony inside very nice touch

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Reviewed February 28, 2014

i loved the serenity of this place, if taking young children please remember to bring a stroller as it can become a long walk coupled with visiting the botanic garden.

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Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

We incorporated the shrine visit with our botanical gardens and St.Kilda trip day trip. It's a very impressive looking building and is one of Melbourne's iconic landmarks. On the hour there is a short ceremony held inside the building which is a nice touch to our fallen comrades! Great city views from the balcony up top! Give yourself a good 30-45 minutes to take everything in and then head over the road and stroll around the gardens. Easily accessible by trams and barely 10 minutes out of the CBD.

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Reviewed February 25, 2014

A great interesting building and war memorial, worth seeing if in Melbourne City Centre and have some time, close to botanical gardens so makes for a nice half day activity.

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