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“Lovely moment of rememberance” 4 of 5 bubbles
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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.
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“Lovely moment of rememberance”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2014

A lovely place to visit and remember. Stroll around the Botanic gardens also. Spend an hour or two admiring the gardens here.

Visited June 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2014

Set in beautiful gardens with a great backdrop of the City centre. Long walk leading to the main building tribute to those fallen in the two world wars.

Visited February 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Shaft of Light”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2014

The Shrine of Remembrance is south of the city on St Kilda Rd. Views from its upper balcony stretch all the way down the main thoroughfare of Swanston Street in the city. It is the focal point of Anzac Day celebrations on April 25, when literally thousands turn up for the dawn service at 5am to honour people killed at Gallipoli. Built in the 1930's, it was based on one of the ancient seven wonders of the world.
It is best to start your visit down the ramp on the left hand side. There is an underground museum that explains Australia's role in many of the 20th Century's wars. You then climb steps inside the monument to its very heart. In the sanctuary is a marble slab with the words "Greater love hath no man". At 11am on 11 Nov a shaft of sunlight enters and strikes the word love. Daily at 11am an electric light simulates this effect.

Visited April 2014
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Perth, Australia
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“you have to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014

We visited early on a saturday morning and it was a solemn but impressive place. A very humbling experience to see this monument built for all the fallen soldiers, and a place to be quiet and give respect to them.

Visited May 2014
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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“memorial place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2014

this is a place that if you want to know about the history of Melbourne and even Australia is a good place to start. The gardens around makes the place magical, you have to go if you have the opportunity.

Visited May 2014
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