Getting to Know Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance

Melbourne is a hub of culture, history, and charm, with plenty of landmark attractions to keep visitors busy for weeks. The Shine of Remembrance is one of the most popular landmarks in the city, and can be found on the bustling stretch of St Kilda Road.

The shrine itself was built to commemorate all the men and women from Victoria who fought and served in some way in World War I. Today, the meaning of it has expanded to include all Australians that have served in a war. It remains an important site for the annual ANZAC Day celebrations and Remembrance Day, and it is still one of the largest war memorials in the entire country.

The Design of the Shrine

The Shrine of Remembrance was built by Phillip Hudson and James Wardrop, two architects who also fought in World War I. It has been built in a classical style, with inspiration drawn from the impressive Tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus and the world-famous Parthenon in Athens.

At the top of it, there is a crowning element that harks back to the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates. The materials used to create it include Tynong granite, which has been used to erect each building block of the shrine that once just consisted of the central sanctuary.

When inside the Shrine, visitors can explore the sanctuary. The high-ceilinged interior is tucked away behind four tall classical-style pillars, and opens out into a basic but beautiful entabulature which boasts twelve relief panels carved by sculpture Lyndon Dadswell that show the armed services in action during World War I.

Right at the heart of the sanctuary, you’ll find the Stone of Remembrance, a marble stone that has been buried below the pavement so if visitors want to read the inscription they have to bow their heads low.

The Visitor Centre at the Shrine of Remembrance

When approaching the Shrine of Remembrance, visitors are greeted by the picturesque Entrance Courtyard, which sits right next to the Garden Courtyard famed for its Legacy Olive Tree.

Inside the Visitor Centre, there is a gallery of medals that spans a 40-metre-long wall. There are currently about 4,000 different medals on display, each of which represents 100 Victorians who have served in a war. There is also a feature gallery where you can see the Victoria Cross that was awarded to Captain Robert Grieve during the Battle of Messiness in 1917.