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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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2014

The view from the viewing platform at the top of the Shrine of Remembrance is the best view in Melbourne. This is intentional - even the current Minister for Planning has been unable to destroy the historical planning which gives an uninterrupted view down Swanston Street to the Yarra River and St Paul's Cathedral. The view, however, is secondary to the purpose of the Shrine - a memorial to Australia's war heroes. The main chamber is designed to have light cast over the grave of an unmarked soldier at 11am on the 11 November each year. The museum beneath the main chamber is quaint, and so very Australian. Outside on the forecourt, which is always at capacity on 25 April and on the 11 November, lies the eternal flame and memorials and gardens dedicated to different wars involving Australians. To the west of the Shrine is a statute to Simpson and his Donkey. This is a sacred site, a place to be respectful, and to remember the sacrifices of the fallen so that we can live freely today. We should never take their sacrifice for granted.

Visited April 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2014

I have decided during my holiday that the Australians really know how to bulid memorials. This buidling is amazing and i was here while the lower floors were undergoing reburishmeht and the weather/views were truly awful because of the weather, so it was really put to the test but it still gripped me. I was completely in awe of this building and the sentiment/technology behind it which made me really want to thump the stupid, inconsiderate Americans (and it is always Americans) that had to be asked to show a little respect and not just once. What made it worse this time was the fact that were was a ceremony going on in the building for serving personel. If you are asked to removed your hat - you DO NOT put it back on before leaving the hall of rememberance especially when there is a man in your company, visiting with his family, who is about to leave for Afgahnistan. And, after being asked to do so, you DO NOT question if American was even involved in the world wars. Learn your history before you open your mouth and insult other visitors.

Visited April 2014
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Ballina, Australia
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“Beautiful vistas from the top”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014

Take the time to have a chat with the staff and learn more about the memorial. It is well worth your time. Across from the Botanical Gardens, it provides a lovely vista from which to view the city from all directions.

Visited June 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“The shrine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014

An imposing landmark. Unfortunately or fortunately renovation were taking place when last I went, but it will be better. The shrine from a previous visit is a great place to soak up some history. The temporary displays have begun outstanding and the view from the top is first rate. A great place to spend alone or take the children for an educational visit.

Visited March 2014
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“A special place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2014

No visit to Melbourne is complete without a trip to this iconic landmark. I always bring tourists and international visitors to see the shrine and then follow with a stroll through the Botanic gardens. The Shrine exudes a sense of being a special place, particularly at sunrise and sunset. It's a place to remember that we are blessed because of the sacrifice of many Australians who went before us.

Visited April 2014
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