Shrine of Remembrance

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cimtech cimtech
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Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne Australia Dec 15, 2014
I believe this a must see place while you are in Melbourne. Walkable distance from Flinders Street Station or from the Tourist Information Center at the corner of St. Kilda Road and Flinders Street, just cross the river and head straight on south bound St Kilda Road. The below information was taken from one of their brochure.

The Shrine of Remembrance was created to meet the needs of a grieving community after the extensive loss of lives in the First World War (1914 - 18). 114,000 Victorians enlisted in the First World War. Of the 89,000 of them who served abroad 19,000 were killed. They were buried in distant graves far from home at a time when most Australians did not travel abroad. The Shrine provided a place where Victorians could grieve as individuals, as families or as a community and where they could honor and preserve the memories of those they had lost.

The shrine was not only built to commemorate those who had served in the First World War. It also honored the courage of the men, women and children who remained at home/

"This noble Shrine has been erected as a symbol of gratitude to those who fought for us...They fought the secure to the world the blessings of peace. It is for us to seek to repay their devotion by striving to preserve that peace, and by caring for those who have been bereaved or afflicted by the war."

- Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester

Dedication speech, Shrine of Remembrance, 11 November 1934
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Katie_Cupcake Katie_Cu…
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Great history, nice attraction Aug 25, 2012
Visited here on my quick stop tour around Melbourne but probably spent most time here because i'm a bit of a history geek. it's great here completely free an amazing building, good history and really interesting with stuff going on all the time.

I went around lunch time and to be honest thought it was going to be packed and don't get me wrong it was quite busy but you weren't squashed in like sardines. Took one of the free tours which if I remember rightly go pretty regularly they cover most topics and are happy to answer any questions, they are really friendly guides. There was also like a video thing at the start that basically introduced the building and what it was for if you hadn't already guessed by the name it was built to remember the deceased from the wars, Australians are really patriotic. The video lasted a short while and had school children talking about what it meant to them etc it was a nice touch to an already extremely good attraction for free. I was also lucky enough to wander in just as the ray of light remembrance service is held in the bit where the picture is focused on the high architectural ceiling (i'm sorry i like buildings ha). This place doesn't only focus on one war but lots of different ones from all over the world showing examples of clothing worn, letters, artifacts loads of really interesting things so there's something to keep everyone entertained.

If I was to go again i'd probably get there for around opening time as I imagine it would be a bit quieter then, make sure you take your camera and give yourself a good couple of hours free to do this as it is set in the botanical gardens so it's nice to have a wander around after and look and read about all the different statues. All in all a great attraction for free you can't beat it.
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nuance nuance
3 reviews
Shrine of Remebrance May 06, 2011
The Shrine is tucked away near the Royal Botanical Gardens. Its a great place to visit, and a sense of appreciation comes naturally just being there, furthermore its Free. The building itself is beautiful and the memorial is very well presented.

There is no opinions of the battles, just a tribute to those who have lost their lives as a sacrifice for the freedom that Australia has today. The centerpiece shrine is a marvel and the surrounding gardens make it a nice place to visit to remember the fallen.

The central pathway directly looks towards the Melbourne CBD, making it a great to view the CBD from a far, this shrine is very unique and offers a majestic feeling to it.
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