Melbourne's most recognisable landmark, the Shrine of Remembrance, was built between July 1928 and November 1934 in remembrance of those 114,000 men and women of Victoria who served and those who died in the Great War of 1914-1918.
Admission free. Open daily 10-5
Visit the Shrine of Remembrance.
Built to honor the memory of those who served and died in the First World War, this is a very moving place to visit for anyone with an interest in Australia's military history.
There are also monuments to those who served in WW2 and The Vietnam War.
The Shrine of Remembrance is Victoria’s memorial to the men and women who have served Australia in armed conflicts throughout the Nation’s history. Built between 1928 and 1934, the Shrine was originally opened to honour the 114,000 Victorians who served, and those who felled in World War 1.
Other memorials have been added to the site to mark the service of successive generations:
The Forecourt with the Eternal Flame (lit by Queen Elizabeth II in February 1954), the Cenotaph and three flagpoles (which fly the Australian and Victorian flags and, in rotation, the flag of one of the armed services) commemorate the service of the many Victorians who enlisted in World War 2.
The Remembrance Garden, a pool beneath a long granite wall, honours those who served in armed conflicts in Korea, Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam, Kuwait, the Balkans, Cambodia, Somalia, East Timor and elsewhere.
The 13 hectare Shrine Reserve contains a number of memorials including the Gallipoli Memorial with the bronze statue of The Man with the Donkey and the Lone Pine tree grown from a seed from a pine cone collected by a Victorian Soldier at Gallipoli.
The heart of the Shrine is the Sanctuary with the Stone of Remembrance: a marble stone sunk below the pavement where no hands may touch it and where visitors must bow their heads to read the inscription Greater love hath no man. Each year on the 11th November, a ray of light shines on the Stone of Remembrance and illuminates the word love in the inscription at exactly 11am (Eastern Standard Time).
A uniformed guard provided by the Victoria Police keeps watch over the Shrine 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Shrine is the site for the annual ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day commemorations.
Shrine of Remembrance and Royal Botanical Gardens
The most beautiful botanical gardens in Australia. There's a visitor centre in the National Herbarium. There are some free guided tours in the mornings. The best place to go for a walk.
The Shrine of Remembrance is right next to the Botanical Gardens. Go upstairs for some views of the city.
This landmark is dedicated to Victorians who lost their lives in World War 1. The memorial refers to the service and sacrifice of its men and women in times of conflict.
I would like to recommend this site for information about the Shrine of Remembrance:
Commemorating our soldiers of WW1 and 2 and the wars since then. A special place on Remembrance Day 11-11 (11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month)
Entry is free.