The Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, Lest We Forget

Discussion in 'Memorials & Cemeteries' started by liverpool annie, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    The Shrine of Remembrance, located in St Kilda Road, Melbourne, is one of the largest war memorials in Australia, and resides in Kings Domain. It was built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I. It now serves as a memorial for all Australians who served in war and it is the site of annual observances of ANZAC Day (25 April) and Remembrance Day (11 November).

    Designed by architects and veterans of World War I, Phillip Hudson and James Wardrop, the Shrine is designed in a classical style, being based on the Tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus and the Parthenon in Athens Built from Tynong granite, the Shrine originally consisted of a central Sanctuary surrounded by the Ambulatory. The Sanctuary contains the marble Stone of Remembrance, upon which is engraved the words "Greater love hath no man".

    Once a year, on 11 November at 11 a.m. (Remembrance Day), a ray of sunlight shines through an aperture in the roof to light up the word "Love" in the inscription. Beneath the Sanctuary lies the Crypt, which contains a bronze statue of a father and son and panels listing every unit of the Australian Imperial Force.

    Plaque Remembering the War Losses of Australian Submarines
  2. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    My office overlooks the Shrine and I am planning a few excursions there shortly for photos of the building and its grounds. I'll post them here.

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