Shrine of Remembrance

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The Shrine of Remembrance is located in Kings Domain on St Kilda Road in Melbourne, Australia

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‘The Man & the Donkey’ – to mark the valour of the Australian soldiers who fought during the Gallipoli Campaign from 25 April to 19 May 1915

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Redeveloped in 2002, this Entrance courtyard with “Lest We Forget” inscribed on one wall leads to the visitor’s centre, administration facilities & the Shrine’s crypt; making full use of the space as the shrine sits on a hollow artificial hill

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The gallery of Medals is a 40m long colourful array of 4000 medallions & state decorations that are awarded to Victorians who have served in war & peacekeeping operations

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On this side of the WWII Forecourt are 3 flagpoles comprising of the Australian flag, Victorian flag & one of the flags of the 3 defence forces namely the army, navy & air force

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The landing at Anzac Cove (or Gaba Tepe) on 25 Apr 1915 was part of the amphibious invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula by forces of the British Empire. Most of the assault troops were from the Australian & New Zealand Army Corps & over 2000 casualties were sustained on that fateful day

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Walking down Ceremonial Avenue into St Kilda’s Road, you will pass the Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne Recital Centre & eventually Flinders Street Station & St Paul’s Cathedral

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Panoramic view of the WWII Forecourt, the Ceremonial Avenue & the skyscrapers of Melbourne city from the steps of the Shrine of Remembrance

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Looking out from one of the portals into Ceremonial Avenue

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The British blue ensign signifying Australia’s colonial roots, mounted on the City of Melbourne’s flag which is 4 white quadrants divided by St. George’s cross, the patron saint of England

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You can enter the Shrine via 4 tall portals of Classical design & see 16 fluted Black marble Ionic columns within the sanctuary

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The high vaulted pyramid roof illuminates the frieze made up of 12 relief panels sculpted by Lyndon Dadswell featuring the armed services at work & during WWI

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The Stone of Remembrance at the centre of the sanctuary is a marble stone sunk below the pavement so that visitors must bow their heads to read the inscription : “Greater Love Hath No Man” which is part of the Biblical verse John 15:13. On 11 November at 11am the word “love” is lit up to mark the hour & day of the Armistice which ended WWI

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The Victorian Arts Centre on St Kilda Road stands out for its spire-like space frame that is unusual & purely decorative

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Modern art installation of a “Poppy” at the other Courtyard flanking the Shrine of Remembrance. Red poppies have become a prominent part of Veterans Day which falls on 11th November in Canada, England, Australia & many Commonwealth nations around the world. It was a result of Canadian military physician John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” where poppies bloomed across the worst battlefields of Flanders in WWI. The brilliant red colour became a symbol of bloodshed of trench warfare

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There are many metered parking lots along Birdwood Ave near the Courtyard Entrance

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The Shrine’s design is based on the ancient Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus (one of the 7 Wonders of the World) & the Parthenon in Athens. The square structure with a stepped pyramid has 8 fluted Doric columns supporting a pediment containing sculpture in high relief. Granodiorite sourced & quarried from Tynong is used in the exterior of the shrine’s construction

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Standing in the WWII Forecourt is this 12.5m Cenotaph constructed of Harcourt Granite with a Basalt sculpture of 6 servicemen carrying a bier with a corpse draped by an Australian flag

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This Cenotaph has inscriptions of the defence forces together with the theatres of war where they served in during WWII between 1939 to 1945

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The Eternal Flame is a permanent gas flame set to the west of the North face of the Shrine

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2 thoughts on “Shrine of Remembrance

  1. Hi,

    I was wondering if I could buy you or request permission to use the gallery of Medals photo to use it for another purpose.

    Let me know!

    Thanks,

    Lorenz W.

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