TRIP The Shrine of Remembrance is a war memorial located in the city of Melbourne. Originally built to honour the men and women who served in World War I, the memorial now serves to honour all Australians who have served in war.
TAP Located within the Kings Domain parkland, just south of the Yarra River, the Shrine of Remembrance is one of Australia’s most impressive war memorials. Designed by two World War I veterans, the Shrine was designed using elements of ancient and classical architectural styles to create a monumental memorial to those who served in the Australian military.
At the top of the Shrine visitors will find the Sanctuary, a place of silent contemplation that houses the marble Stone of Remembrance, bearing the inscription: greater love hath no man. Directly below the Sanctuary lies the Crypt, an area centred on a statue of a father and son, intended to signify the different generations that have served in the two World Wars. There is also a visitor centre which hosts different exhibitions and events providing visitors with the opportunity to learn about the sacrifices made by those that have served in war. Check the Shrine’s official website for event details and other useful information.
Before leaving, be sure to check out the excellent views of the city skyline from the Shrine’s upper balcony.
GO Visiting the Shrine of Remembrance is free. The Shrine is open from 10:00am – 5:00pm daily. The Shrine is easily accessible via the Melbourne tram network (stop 19). Alternatively, you can catch Bus 605 to the Birdwood Avenue Stop. Visit Public Transport Victoria’s official website for the best way to get there from your location.
TTG Fact: Each year at 11:00 am on the 11th of November, the Shrine has been designed to allow a ray of natural sunshine to enter through an aperture in the ceiling, illuminating the word love on the Stone of Remembrance.