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“Shame some people can not show respect”

Shrine of Remembrance
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Shrine of Remembrance Guided Tour
Ranked #10 of 530 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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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 April 4, 2018

Very nice and moving, but found the people climbing all over the building and more interested in taking selfies should show some more respect.

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Beautifully kept and very interesting ! So much history and lots to see and reflect on. We spent a couple of hours here .

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

We came across the shrine by accident, having walked partly round the Botanic gardens. A moving memory to those who gave their lives. Many thanks from a Pom.

Thank fredandmay
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

The Shrine of Remembrance consists of several smaller sculptures and memorials as well as the main building. There is a quiet hush about the place, as is reasonable to expect. The main shrine has been built in a way so that the sun at 11am on 11th November hits the oculus at the top of the pyramid and sends a beam of light down to the stone of remembrance, which reads 'Greater Love Hath No Man'- very moving. The views of the city from the Shrine are also incredible. There is no charge to visit the Shrine.

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

I've visited the Shrine in Melbourne a few times which in itself is amazing. However, to really appreciate this wonderful building and the history of it and all who participated in wars, do yourself a favour and book a tour. The information our tour guide shared was incredible and the exhibits fascinating. Melbourne is a beautiful city and you have a 360 deg view from the top level of the Shrine. A day to remember.

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