Based on the design of the Temple of Halicarnassus (one of the original 7 ancient wonders of the world), the memorial was completed in 1934.
'This holy place commemorates Victoria's glorious dead. They gave their all, even life itself, that others may live in freedom and peace. Forget them not.' is the inscription to be found on the memorial stone.
The forecourt and cenotaph including the eternal flame were added post WWII, and many other memorials have been added since to commemorate Australian and New Zealand (ANZAC) military deaths around the globe.
In 2004, a state of the art visitors centre was built under the Shrine where the occasional exhibition is held.
Entrance to the whole complex is free - and well worth climbing to the top for the great views into the city skyline in one direction, the bay in the other.
The Shrine of Remembrance is Victoria’s largest and most visited war memorial.The Shrine is located on Melbourne’s most recognised boulevard, St Kilda Road, just south of the Melbourne central business district. The Shrine of Remembrance was built between July 1928 and November 1934 in remembrance of all men and women of Victoria who served and those who died in the Great War of 1914-1918 .
Although the country was faced with frightful unemployment and financial difficulty in the late 1920s and the 1930s, so great was the gratitude of the people that the huge amount required to build the Shrine was raised or promised within six months from the opening of the appeal in 1928.
The inspiration for the external outline came from one of the seven wonders of the ancient world - the mausoleum at Harlicarnassus to Mausolus, King of Caria in South West Asia Minor.
Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester and son of King George V, officially opened the Shrine in November 1934.
Visiting it made me feel the love that people of Victoria felt and feel nowadays towards all those people.
The Shrine is a very imposing and sombre structure. It was built by the UK to commemorate the Victorians who perished in World War I fighting for Britain. It is located on the southern side of the gardens, right along the St.Kilda Rd. Take a walk around and admire the building, it is well worth seeing. I believe you can also go inside, but it was closed when I was there. There's also a World War II memorial right next to the shrine.
at 11am on the 11th of November [Rememberance Day ] the sun shines into the Shrine and illuminates the memorial stone inside ......... this is simulated every half hour, and the voice calling over the speaker system for us to go and see it was a big suprise.......its a strange building, it made me think that the architect had taken pieces from various cultures and assembled them together, it was built in 1934 and you can definately see the Art Deco influence at work here
despite its odd appearance its a very moving area and a fine monument, Australia really honours its fighting men and women, everywhere we went was a well kept memorial or shrine
The Shrine of Remembrance, located in St Kilda Road, Melbourne, is one of the largest war memorials in Australia, and resides in Kings Domain. It was built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I, but soon came to be seen as Australia's major memorial to all the 60,000 Australians who died in the war. It now serves as a memorial for all Australians who served in war and it is the site of annual observances of ANZAC Day (25 April) and Remembrance Day (11 November).
Designed by architects and veterans of World War I, Phillip Hudson and James Wardrop, the Shrine is designed in a classical style, being based on the Tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus and the Parthenon in Athens. Built from Tynong granite, the Shrine originally consisted of a central Sanctuary surrounded by the Ambulatory. The Sanctuary contains the marble Stone of Remembrance, upon which is engraved the words "Greater love hath no man".
Once a year, on 11 November at 11 a.m. (Remembrance Day), a ray of sunlight shines through an aperture in the roof to light up the word "Love" in the inscription. Beneath the Sanctuary lies the Crypt, which contains a bronze statue of a father and son and panels listing every unit of the Australian Imperial Force. The Visitor Center was added beneath the Shrine in 2002–2003, and provides direct access to the Crypt.
The Shrine of Remembrance was built between July 1928 and November 1934 in remembrance of the 114,000 men and women of Victoria who served and those who died in the Great War of 1914-1918 - 89,100 of them served overseas and 19,000 did not return.
It is a permanent and lasting memorial to the ANZAC spirit which is confirmed by the number of visitors to the Shrine throughout the year and the many people who attend the more than 120 ceremonies that are held at the Shrine annually.
PLEASE NOTE; NOT ALL SECTIONS OF THE SHRINE ARE CURRENTLY OPEN AS A MUSEUM IS BEING CONSTRUCTED AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN TIME FOR THE 100 YEAR CELEBRATION OF THE ANZAC LANDING AT GALIPOLI
Perhaps one of the most iconic Melbourne buildings, The Shrine has a prominent position on the skyline and is well worth a visit – even if you are not “into” the history of Australian conflicts.
The highlights of The Shrine are:
Visitors centre: Opened in 2003 the centre has an amazing wall of 4000 medals – each represents 100 Victorians who have served. Included in the medal exhibition is 2 Victoria Cross Medals. I would strongly suggest viewing the 10 minute audio/visual presentation on the history of WW1 and The Shrine There is an excellent book/souvenir shop as well as toilets and temporary exhibitions (recent exhibition was a series of photos taken during WW1 and included the lives of French people). The visitors centre is also where volunteer guides start free tours of The Shrine (11am and 2pm, however they will conduct tours for those interested at other times).
Hall of Columns and The Crypt, (Not open at the moment) which contains Changi flag, a poignant statue of Father and Son representing the 2 great wars (WW’s 1 & 2), Regimental Colours, and many informative plaques.
The Sanctuary. This is the most important part of The Shrine and the center has a stone inscribed “Greater Love Hath No Man.” The roof of the Shrine has 2 holes and at the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month a shaft of sunlight crosses the stone. Every half hour there is a re-creation of the passing of the light and you can view Shrine Video of that ceremony – please excuse the background noise.
The Ambulatory surrounds The Sanctuary and has 42 bronze caskets where the names of 88,000 Victorians who served in The Great War are displayed in beautiful hand written copperplate script.
The view from The Balcony is stunning and looks over the adjacent parkland to the vista of the city as well as excellent views of most of the Melbourne suburban sprawl.
The Shrine is surrounded by commemorative gardens and statues and spectacular views of the city and near suburbs.
Disabled access is available to all but the balcony. Depending on interest, suggest allowing 2 – 3 hours to visit The Shrine. There is no on-site cafe, however the closest good cafe is at the visitors centre of the adjacent Royal Botanical Gardens.
The Shrine of Remembrance is a huge memorial honoring those who served Australia in a military capacity (but I believe New Zealand is included also--but not 100% sure). Once inside, make your way to the inner chambers where you'll find a skylight. On November 11, at 11am, the skylight directs the sun's rays on the word "Love" from the incsription on the Stone of Remembrance that reads "Greater Love Hath No Man." Nov. 11 is the peace agreement signing for WW 1.
Leading to the outside balcony is a huge space where the perpetual flame is located. Right beside the flame is an obelisk like monument that has the dates inscribe: 1939-1945, commemorating WW2.
Open daily 10am to 5pm, except Good Friday and Christmas Day.
The Shrine of Remembrance is a memorial to 18,000 Victorians who did not return from World War I. It was completed in 1934 and after the second World War, the forecourt with its flags and statuary was commissioned to commemorate the lives lost in that war as well. There is a Perpetual Flame that was first lit in 1954.
At 11 a.m. on November 11 each year, a ray of sunlight strikes through the roof to fall directly on the centre of the Stone of Remembrance in the Inner Sanctuary.
One of Melbourne's most recognised landmarks the Shrine of Remembrance. It was built in memory of Victorian men and women who lost their lives in World War I and serves as a memorial to all those who have served since. It is one of the largest war memorials in Australia. Services and parades commemorating ANZAC and Remembrance Days are held here.
It is located in the beautiful grounds of Kings Domain and is nearby to Government House.
Great views of Melbourne can be had from the top of the building.
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.
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.
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 memorial is dedicated to remembering those men and women of Victoria who served and died in the Great War of 1914-18. It's one of the largest memorials in the world.
Open daily 10am-5pm, closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. Entry is free.
Guided tours are available.
This memorial is to remembrance of those who served and died during the Great War of 1914-1918. This is the largest and most visited memorial is the state of Victoria.
This is a great memorial to visit. It is located near the Royal Botanic Garden and along the St Kilda Road. It is built on a high ground of a park. You can go up to the second floor to see great views of the city.
Check out their website for tour and visitor information.