Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga, Adelaide

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Victoria Square, also known as Tarndanyangga, is a public square in the South Australian capital of Adelaide. The square is in the centre of the city's grid of one square mile.The area was named "Victoria Square" by the Street Naming Committee on 23 May 1837, after Princess Victoria, then heir presumptive of the British throne. Less than a month later the King died and Victoria became Queen. The Kaurna people know the area as Tarndanyangga, "The Dreaming Place of the Red Kangaroo". In line with the Adelaide City Council's recognition of Kaurna country, the area is officially referred to as Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga.A statue of Queen Victoria stands near the centre of the square. During the Christmas period, it is traditional for a 24.5m high Christmas tree to be erected in the northern part of the square.Victoria Square is bordered by numerous public institutions at its north and south ends, including the Supreme Court of South Australia, the Adelaide Magistrates' Court, the Federal Court of Australia, the historic old Treasury building (now a hotel run by the Adina hotel chain) and the Adelaide General Post Office. On the eastern side is the Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of St Francis Xavier, the SA Water headquarters, State Government offices, including the office of the Premier, and the Torrens Building. The Torrens Building currently houses campuses of several international universities including the UCL School of Energy and Resources (a specialised graduate school of University College London), Heinz College Australia, Carnegie Mellon University, Torrens University Australia and other institutions. The west side of the square contains more commercially oriented buildings, including the Adelaide Central Market, the Hilton hotel, and the offices of various consultants, law firms and insurance companies.
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  • We could not resist Victoria Square. We could not ignore Victoria Square (not that we would want to), as it was immediately out the front of the Adelaide Hilton, where we were staying. The Square is l...  more »
  • A park in the heart of Adelaide. Has become a place of recreation business district. Well if you get tired walking to rest here. I do not see the trees, lawns and fountains in the main.
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  • The square bears the duality even in the title now. This is the legacy of the British Empire with its grandiose monument of Queen Victoria and the Victorian era. Neo-Gothic Catholic Cathedral, St. Xav...  more »
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  • Some people don't like the new renovations here but I love them! It's a nice open square now fit for food festivals and accommodating the Tour Town Under circus. At night the festoon lighting make sure it is well lit and add to the atmosphere, and even the public toilets aren't too bad.
  • Victoria Square is a nice place to relax, study, exercise, take transport and many other amazing things. I especially love the water fountain and how it changes colours at night. What would be nice to change is adding some rain protection/shade, some tables with benches would be nice for lunch breaks and studying. An outdoor gym would be great too.
  • did not enjoy my stay here. smelt of cigarettes and the wind blew fountain spray all over me. would not recommend it for tourists.
  • Nice place for spending evening.. many things are happening around. Well connected with buses and trams.
  • We took the free tram (from South Terrace - Adelaide Casino) to see Victoria Square at night! Glittery lights are so beautiful, especially with a quick shower of the rain, everything was glowing. It was immediately striking that Adelaide city is extremely quiet to a fault - it was a Saturday night and the streets were almost completely empty.

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