Opposite the Arts Centre, my walk takes me through various gardens: Alexandria Gardens, Queen Victoria Gardens, past the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Kings Domain and up to the Shrine of Remembrance.
For the first time, I have been there when it was open and took the opportunity to explore inside and climb the stairs to the balcony for the view. So very glad I did.
Up the outside steps and into the inner Shrine, this room is a solemn reminder of those lost at War. It’s structure and decoration is amazing. In the centre, the Stone of Remembrance, set in marble below the pavement. At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, apparently a ray of sunlight illuminates the inscription: “Greater Love Hath no Man”.
In the passage surrounding the inner Shrine, are displays of volumes of books of names of Victorians who lost their lives in war.
I spent a long time in the museum within the Shrine, it was so interesting.
Downstairs in the crypt, Queen’s and regimental colours are displayed and in the centre, a statue representing a father and son, WWI and WWII.
From the balcony, a great view of Melbourne City and the surrounds of the Shrine of Remembrance.
On the grounds near the Shrine of Remembrance, a pair of striking statues by British sculptor Charles Sargeant Jagger: “The Driver” with his wet weather cape, “Wiper” named by what soldiers said instead of “Ypers”.
Nearby, in Kings Domain and leading to Government House, many other statues and memorials. I particularly liked the Australian Hellenic Memorial and Australian Turkish Friendship Memorial.