Monday, April 5, 2010

Shrine of Remembrance

While the kids were at school the other day I hopped on the tram and headed down to the Shrine of Remembrance. You can see the Shrine as you drive down St. Kilda Rd (just south of Federation Square).
"The Shrine of Remembrance was built between July 1928 and November 1934 in remembrance of the 114,000 men and women of Victoria who served and those who died in the Great War of 1914-1918 - 89,100 of them served overseas and 19,000 did not return."
It was a really lovely experience, somber and meditative.
Each medal on this wall represented 100 people who served and 16 people who died serving their country.
They have a few different exhibitions in the visitor's center and then it's a nice walk through the Shrine and up to the balcony where you get a nice view of the gardens and the cityscape.
Be aware however that it's a pretty quick trip through the Shrine. You may want to pair this outing with a stroll through the Botanic Gardens across the street.

Name: Shrine of Remembrance
Location: Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra (across from the Royal Botanic Gardens)
Telephone: 613 9661 8100
Admission: Free (however, they welcome donations)

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