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Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

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Architectural Building Garden
Royal Exhibition Building is an impressive Victorian structure that is a symbol of the Industrial Revolution. Built in 1880, it was the first building in Australia to win Unesco World Heritage status. Step inside to see fine 19th-century wood- and paint-work. Australia’s first parliament met here in 1901. Now, the Renaissance-style dome and lush gardens host car shows, fairs, and live performances. Add Royal Exhibition Building to your Melbourne travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Melbourne trip itinerary builder.
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  • Want to have a look at a piece of history right near downtown Melbourne... then look no further than the Carlton Exhibition Building..... An architectural delight... the details in the ceiling and the...  more »
  • The Royal Exhibition Building in Nicholson Street, Carlton on the edge of Melbourne's CBD is one of the world's great architectural beauties having been awarded the "UNESCO World Heritage" status in 2...  more »
  • This building and its surrounding gardens make for a lovely view and photos when visiting Melbourne, and the inside of the building is also nice and open floor space.  more »
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  • Architecturally brilliant and a building with long history. It is a World Heritage site. It was with great privilege that I had my university exams and graduation ceremony there. The building can be easily accessed by trams or a 10 minute walk from Parliament station. Next door is Melbourne Museum.
  • Absolutely stunning. Has to be seen with your own eyes to take in the grandeur of this beautiful historical building.
  • Stunning piece of history and architecture. A must see when strolling the gardens, but great to see the inside when an exhibition or show is on.
  • An iconic part of Melbourne's history that's still loved and used today.
  • Great spot for a small convention. Just love old buildings they don't build anywhere as cool as this anymore. Modern architecture seems so cold when compared.

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