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“Lived across the road for four years, one of the best place I've ever been” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shrine of Remembrance

Shrine of Remembrance
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Ranked #3 of 389 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.
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“Lived across the road for four years, one of the best place I've ever been”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

I've lived opposite this place for years and I've always liked going to the Shrine of Remembrance. I really like visiting the gallery displaying medal of honours and just spend time reading each and every one of them. Next to Royal Botanical Garden, it's also a great place to jog.

Visited January 2014
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“Green, historical, free”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Green - the surrounding is well taken cared of. You can just lie down in any of the grassy part and watch people walking around or read your book, or just hang out with friends. As it is a big place, it didn't feel like it can get crowded (basing on the time I was there and not during any festivities in the area).

Historical - the shrine in itself plus the names of those who contributed greatly during the war written on name disks and memorial panels are shouting history, of what they went through and what they fought for. I think that it's nice to look back and be reminded of these things so current and future generation may see on other things they can be thankful for.

Free - Open 10am-5pm with no entrance fee :)

Visited January 2014
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited December 2013
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“This is a must see”
5 of 5 bubbles 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

Visited August 2013
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“beautiful photo spot”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited February 2014
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