One spot in Melbourne that I think often gets overlooked by visitors is its amazing Shrine of Remembrance, which is located on St Kilda roads in the precinct of the Botanical Gardens. It sees its fair share of visitors without being massively busy, I visited it a few weeks back and frankly was surprised by its size. It is very grand and you could be forgiven in thinking that it was part of Rome.
To visit it is free and there are free tours as well – I should know because my dad is a tour guide there! The building was completed in 1928 and was designed by Philip Hudson and James Wardrop, who were both returned service men. The design was inspired by one of the seven wonders of the ancient world—the mausoleum at Halicarnassus to Mausolus. Originally it was built to serve in memory to those Australians, and primarily Victorians, who died in the First World War and were buried therefore outside Australia.
As the years went on more monuments were erected to other wars that Australia has been involved in. There is an eternal flame that burns outside, and underneath is a ‘crypt’ which is again more of a memorial. You can walk up to the balcony for views up to the CBD and in other directions as well. You’ll see a lot of poppies, there is a shop and a collection of medals underneath, and you could easily spend two or three hours there taking in the serenity, if that’s your kind of thing.
The Shrine is completely free to visit, and is one of the most special buildings in Melbourne and indeed Australia. I used their own website for a little research – https://www.shrine.org.au/About-Us/History so why not check it out yourself. The grounds and gardens are also beautiful, the Shrine is used on special days such as Anzac and Remembrance days, and every so often they have a ‘ray of light’ display in the centre of the shrine itself.
Thanks for stopping by today – and May the Journey Never End!