Timings : 10am-5pm
Time Required : 1 - 2 Hours
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
The Shrine of Remembrance is the national War memorial of Victoria and a landmark of Melbourne. Originally dedicated to the brave contributions of the servicemen of Victoria in World War I, it is currently a tribute to all the brave Australians who served in war for the country, and is among Australia’s largest war memorials.
Officially inaugurated in 1934, the Shrine of Remembrance draws its impressive architectural style from world-renowned monuments like the Tomb of Mausolus and the Parthenon of Ancient Greece. It was built in a classical style, and the World Was II Forecourt was added in memory of the casualties of the war. It is the site of the annual ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, days which commemorate the sacrifices made by the countrymen for the country. The deep history of Australia’s participation in various wars can be seen at the Galleries of Remembrance, where around 800 historical artefacts and artworks that have been beautifully preserved tell the story of the times gone by. Inside the shrine, in the centre of the sanctuary, is a stone with "Greater Love Hath No Man" incripted on it, called the Stone of Remembrance. During Remembrance Day on 11th November every year, a single ray of light hits the stone through the roof, highlighting the word 'LOVE". The Shrine has also been renovated time and again over the years, to accommodate a visitor's centre, the Remembrance Garden, and statues and pillars installed in memory of the brave men, around the park area. The upper balcony of the Shrine offers a beautiful view of the surrounding area and the skyline of Melbourne.
The Shrine of Remembrance is built in the neo-classical style, drawing inspiration from architectural beauties like the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and the Parthenon of Athens. The grand square structure is raised by 8 fluted Doric columns, topped off by the a stepped pyramid to complete the iconic look of the Shrine. Around the outer perimeter of the main structure are 16 stone discs representing various contributions of Australia, recognised as battle honours by King George V. Inside the Shrine lies the Stone of Remembrance that lies at the centre of the sanctuary. The passageways display the Books of Remembrance, mentioning each of the servicemen and women from Victoria who died in World War I.