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“Wonderful building in an imposing position”

Shrine of Remembrance
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Shrine of Remembrance Guided Tour
Ranked #2 of 471 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 / lift, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 31 May 2018

A solid structure honouring the Australian servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Stand at the top of the steps and soak in the view of Melbourne in front of you - and to the right the sea.

If you get chance, catch one of the guided tours (conducted by veterans) giving you further insight into the building. There is also a large exhibition of medals that have been awarded.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank KuleDude
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Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

Melbourne just outside the city within walking distance.

Beautiful structure, great surroundings of the botanical garden, beautiful trees at the entrance great place to click pictures, and if you are interested in the history this is one of the place to be. We were there just to click some pictures but I guess there is more to see and explore at the place.

No shops around it's within the walking distance from the city surroundings.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank lifecntstop
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Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

Stunning tribute to our armed forces with the best views across Melbourne. Worth the walk from Melbourne to visit.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Daniel S
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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

Wow what experience. This place teach you not just about history but about loss, sacrifice, friendship , courage and honour. An essential visit for a first timer or resident of Melbourne.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank tomnumurkah
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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

Great free activity- lovely views over Melbourne . Good for anyone wanting to experience a taste of Australian history

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank LolliCake
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