The World Wars were a trying time for many nations on earth; millions of men and women sacrificed their lives fighting for what they thought was right. Some fought to end tyranny and injustice while others fought because they had no other choice. The Shrine of Remembrance in St. Kilda’s Road Melbourne is dedicated to all those who lost their lives while in service during the First World War.
Many of the Aussies who lost their lives did so on foreign soil, on the beaches of Europe and the jungles of Asia, but no matter where they lost their lives they did so with the bravery and courage which is exemplified by Australia as a nation. An important aspect of this shrine is that its two architects Phillip Hudson and James Wardrop were both veterans of the World War themselves. Thus they found a fitting method of honouring their comrades who were not so lucky.
The shrine is designed in the classical architectural style and is an imposing monument which instantly inspires and gives due reverence to the brave men and women it commemorates. It is loosely based on the Tomb of Mausolus and the Parthenon in Athens. Greek influence in the architecture is clearly apparent in the large granite pillars that make up its façade.
The monument is designed so that as the sun rises on the eleventh of November (ANZAC day) at 11 am the word LOVE is illuminated on an inscription done in the sanctuary. The inscription reads “No Greater love hath no man.” This an apt description of the sacrifices made by the servicemen for their brethren. Below the sanctuary is the crypt, where the panels list each and every Australian who lost their life in the First World War. However, the moving centrepiece of the crypt of a soldier and his son is truly breathtaking for its significance.
Located in a central part of the city, the monument is easily accessed by anyone staying at a Melbourne serviced apartment such as the Citadines on Bourke Melbourne. Many business travellers opt to stay at a serviced apartment Melbourne as it is better suited for long stay visits and offers convenience that is unmatched.