The Shrine of Remembrance is one of Melbourne's most recognisable landmarks. Originally constructed to remember those from Victoria who served and died in WWI, it's come to symbolise the bravery of all those that have served Australia in armed conflicts. Volunteer guides offer free 55-minute tours of the Shrine of Remembrance and the Galleries of Remembrance.
Inspiration for the Shrine came from the mausoleum of Harlicarnassus in Persia, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. The ancient Parthenon in Athens greatly influenced the entrance porticos. Each of the stairways leading to the Shrine is flanked by ornamental stones inscribed with honours granted for Australians in various battles.
Beneath the Shrine are the Galleries of Remembrance, a series of underground chambers that host exhibitions on Australians at war. Extending from the Shrine is the Forecourt, a WWII memorial that is also the major ceremonial parade ground for commemorative services like ANZAC Day. The elegant Remembrance Garden recognises Australians involved in wars post-1945.
The Shrine of Remembrance is located on St Kilda Road, south of the Yarra River and adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens. It's a ten-minute walk from Flinders Street Station or a short journey on any St Kilda Road southbound tram.