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Address: St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia
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Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne's most iconic landmark, where...

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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Striking monument which also houses very detailed and well thought out displays- I would plan to spend a couple of hours here if you're interested in military history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Striking monument which also houses very detailed and well thought out displays- I would plan to spend a couple of hours here if you're interested in military history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a superb location for a brief stop over if you like war history. The museum under the shrine is sensational. It gives you a fine idea of the "Aussi spirit" during war time and how we interacted with the world at this time. The Shrine is directly opposite the stunning and free Botanical Gardens which has a wonderful... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The shrine is located on St. kilda Rd south bank. If you look south on Swanston you can see the shrine. The hop on hop off stops at the shrine. A beautiful building of remembrance.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This imposing memorial to the men and women of Australia's armed forces stands on a hill overlooking the Melbourne city skyline. A recent rebuilding program has added a huge underground exhibition space which contains detailed histories of Australia's involvement in international conflicts, ranging from the First and Second World Wars, to Korea, Vietnam, and to the more recent (and still... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well worth the extra walk for experiencing this place and the wonderful views over the city. We visited after going round the gardens

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a fine monument honoring those serving in the various wars. Easily located by signs within the Botanical Gardens. Nice views from the top steps. Walk to get there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Don't be misled by the name of the building. The Shrine of Remembrance is not a building with memorials and tombstones. It's more like a museum, exhibition center, lookout point, gallery and concert hall. Its one of my favorite places to visit for the following reasons: 1) Walk to the top of the Shrine for fantastic panoramic views of Melbourne... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great views, interesting structure. Look for the face on the building a long way north. In nice parkland.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

To all those who served in the world wars...gorgeous grounds and many trees planted in memory. We did not go through the building but it is very impressive. Would have more meaning to me if I were personally affected by family tree etc.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed the information provided by static displays and the film as visitors to Australia we did not know much of the history of how the troops fought during the 1st world war. Liked the building provides information not just a shrine.

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