Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Melbourne Trip 3, Shrine of Remembrance

Shrine of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance is situated within the Royal Botanic Gardens and it seemed like worth stopping by to take a look. By the end of the experience, I'm very glad I did take the time to. It was very enjoyable and I thoroughly recommend anyone who has a chance to visit.

The Shrine was constructed to remember the Victorians who enlisted for World War I. The architecture was inspired by the pyramids.

Shrine of Remembrance Outside
Remembrance Stone: "Greater Love Hath No Man"
Shrine of Remembrance Roof w/ slit

There is a little hole in the roof of the Shrine calculated (by super hard core mathematics I'm told by the lovely gentleman volunteer at the shrine) such that on the 11th of November (Remembrance day) every year at 11am, a beam of sunlight will shine across the word "LOVE" on the stone for 11 minutes.

As a courtesy to visitors however, they play an audio visual showing simulating the beam of light every hour so that anyone can pay their respects whenever they choose to visit.

I recorded the audio visual simulation and then we stood in a moment of silence. I thought it was quite a wonderful way to pay your respects.

Shrine of Remembrance Books
The names of all the soldiers were written in beautiful calligraphy in these books that were situated along the perimeter of the shrine on the ground floor.

Wall of Medals awarded to Australian soldiers
The Victoria Cross
The Underground Crypt
Beautiful View from the Balcony of the Upper Level

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