If you visit Melbourne, either by joining a tour or by yourself, make sure you visit Shrine of Remembrance. It is located near to the city (in fact, you can see it from Swanston St).

The Shrine was built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World war I and is now a memorial to all Australians who have served in war. It is a site of annual observances of ANZAC Day (25 April) and Remembrance Day (11 November) and is one of the largest war memorial in Australia (Wikipedia).

The tower on the left marks all the battlefield in which Australians men and women fought in. The torch in front of it symbolizes eternal flame of life.

A nice weather when I took these pictures. You can get a ice view of city from here.

The interior of the shrine. At 11 pm on 11 November every year, a ray of light will penetrate in to the chamber and shine on this stone exactly on the “Love”. The event only last 12 minutes before the sun moves away from its position because of earth’s rotation.

On the sides of the main chamber, you can see flags and books inside a glass chamber. The books record down all the names of brave Australians who perish in the war.

The Shrine has an underground crypt which is open to public.

A statue of father and son is located at the centre of a room in the crypt surrounded by Australian Army battle group flags and lists of names of ships lost during the war. The statue refers to World War I, in which the father fought, and World War II, in which the son fought.

Collection of medals.

Some shots from the Balcony.

The entrance to Royal Botanical Garden which is just beside the Shrine. I’ll cover it in another post.

“Lest We Forget”