Melbourne Travel diaries

The shrine of remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance, a very recognizable landmark in Melbourne, was built in the 1920s to remember those who fought in the Great War a decade earlier and those who fought for wars overseas. The design of the shrine was inspired from one of the wonders of the world and was chosen from a competition, just before it was built. The shrine is located along St. Kilda Road, about 10 minutes by tram from the city. Numerous events are held at the shrine annually, such as the Remembrance Day, to remember the sacrifices made by people who were killed in the World Wars.

A huge cenotaph, carved with names of different forces in the Australian army and the names of countries they served for.
Eternal flame, still there after being lit by Queen Elizabeth II in 1954.
Go inside the shrine to pay respect for the dead (I don’t think cameras are allowed, you have to be quiet, too), look at old records of names of those killed in the wars and head up to the balcony for a great view of the city.
Near the doors of the shrine.

Can’t help but feel weird looking at this. That’s my brother and Australia’s sky is AMAZING when it’s sunny, makes pictures look really good.

The side view of the shrine.

When I first noticed the shrine from afar (it’s not hard to) I really thought it was a new building placed near the spacious Botanical Gardens. Not until recently did I know that it’s that old! Looking at historical pictures of the shrine amaze me, to know that people of different generations have come here to pay their respects and to remember those who fought for their country. It’s a gorgeous building, you have to see it for yourself.
Learn more about the shrine here.

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    sri rahayu mamat
    December 4, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    nice place n nice pics too..:)

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