The Shrine, one of the largest Memorials in Australia and situated on the outskirts of the Melbourne CBD.
It was built as a Memorial to All who have served in War and also commemorates Service in all Armed Conflicts and Peacekeeping Operations.
The Shrine consists of 4 levels.
- The Undercroft Visitor Center
- The Sanctuary, at the center of the Sanctuary is the Stone of Remembrance.This is a marble stone sunk below the pavement, so that visitors must bow their heads to read the inscription on it.
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN
- The Crypt, which contains a bronze statue of a father and son and panels listing every unit of the Australian Imperial Force
- The Balcony
The building is surrounded by 13 hectares of beautiful parklands known as the Shrine Reserve. These contain Monuments and Remembrance Trees.
The Lone Pine has been grown from one of the 5 seeds of a pinecone taken from the single pinetree at Gallipoli by a soldier serving with the 24th Battalion.
The External Design for the Shrine is based on the Tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus and the Parthenon in Athens.
The Shrine was opened in 1934 by Prince Henry the Duke of Glouchester and son of King GeorgeV before a crowd of 300,000 people.
Since then, it has been a growing monument, with other memorials added to the site to mark the service of successive generations, such as the Second World War Forecourt and the Remembrance Garden – Post 1945 Memorial.
332 St Kilda Rd
10:00am - 5:00pm
Tram stop 19 Metlink
A Guided tour includes the:
A very special feature of the Shrine is the Ray of Light.
A ray of light falls on the word Love on the Sacred Stone of Remembrance every 11th day in November at 11:00am.
This time and date mark the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the Great War-Termed The Armistice
A simulation of this happening is held for the visitors every half hour.
After World War II a cross shaped Forecourt was built which includes:
Inscribed on its surface are the names of the defense forces, together with the theaters of war they served in.
At the top of the Cenotaph is a basalt sculpture of six servicemen carrying a bier with a corpse, draped by the Australian flag.
The sculpture symbolizes the debt of the living to the dead.
A water garden on the eastern slopes of the Shrine Grounds commemorates the post 1945 armed conflicts.
Today Locals and Tourists alike visit the Shrine now serviced by the Visitors Centre and Education Centre. Over 90 Voluntary Guides conduct daily tours.
Anzac Day Dawn Service - 6:00am Anzac Day every year.
The Anzac Day March - 9:00am - 12:45pm through the streets of Melbourne and culminating with a moving commemorative service at the Shrine
Remembrance Day - A special Service is held at the Shrine of Remembrance which includes the traditional minutes silence at 11:00am
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