Shrine Of Remembrance, Melbourne

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MELBOURNE | The Shrine of Remembrance opened in 1934, and is the Victorian state memorial to all Australians who have served in war. The classical styled structure was built in the classical style, modelled after the Tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus and the Parthenon in Athens, and was designed and built by World War I veterans. From the balcony atop the Shrine, visitors are treated to some of the best unobstructed views of Melbourne, across the parkland of Kings Domain.

The Shine is much more than an impressive structure, with it interior housing much of note. The sanctuary, a high vaulted space in the centre of the Shrine, features a marble stone with the inscription “Greater Love Hath No Man”. On the 11th hour of the 11th of November each year (Remembrance Day), a ray of natural sunlight shines upon the word “love”. Beneath the Sanctuary is the Crypt, which contains, amongst other things, a series of panels listing every unit of the Australian Imperial Force. The visitor centre, at one of the entrances to the Shrine, features a gallery of over 4,000 medals.

Also beneath the Sanctuary are a series of gallery spaces featuring over 800 artworks, historical artefacts and personal effects of Australians at war. A combination of permanent and rotating exhibits, focusing on the involvement of Australia in several wars and peacekeeping missions from the 1850s to the present day are featured in these “Galleries of Remembrance”.

Shrine of Remembrance

Birdwood Avenue
Melbourne
Victoria 3001
Australia

Telephone: (03) 9661 8100
E-mail: n/a
Website: http://www.shrine.org.au/

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