Queen Victoria Building, Sydney

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Queen Victoria Building offers an architectural delight: an extravagantly detailed shopping center from Australia's late colonial period amidst the gleaming modernity of downtown Sydney's skyscrapers. From the outside, admire the Romanesque Revival facade that American architect Henry Hobson Richardson employed throughout the city in the last decade of the 19th century. Observe the large copper-sheathed central dome, cupolas on the corners of the roof, and columns all along the exterior walls. Inside, see stained-glass windows, arched skylights by the central dome, colonnades, and balustrades. And the shopping isn't half-bad in here either. Plan my day in Sydney using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • A great venue but very sad to see how it has been impacted by the COVID restrictions. From a personal viewpoint the lack of shoppers meant it was easy to get around but there were many shops closed... 
    A great venue but very sad to see how it has been impacted by the COVID restrictions. From a personal viewpoint the lack of shoppers meant it was easy to get around but there were many shops closed...  more »
  • Its almost as if time has stood still, lovely to walk through. Couldn't afford to buy or eat in the shops!! 
    Its almost as if time has stood still, lovely to walk through. Couldn't afford to buy or eat in the shops!!  more »
  • Architecturally a beautiful building, originally a market place serving the city, now a very popular mall with tourists and locals alike, the outside is an Architectural marvel, the inside is... 
    Architecturally a beautiful building, originally a market place serving the city, now a very popular mall with tourists and locals alike, the outside is an Architectural marvel, the inside is...  more »
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  • The nicest and grandest place to shop and eat in Sydney. The Victorians certainly knew how to design a beautiful building- magnificent stained glass and glass dome. Quirky clocks with a display every hour with a diorama of English history, including the beheading of Charles I! It’s a joy to shop in the varied collection of stores.
  • Why do I always get confused walking through this place? The historical significance is huge representing an icon from our past but trying to fit 21st century retail into such a space doesn't seem to gel with me somehow. Add the electronic signage and modern advertising to an early 1900s style is a bit forced. Still it's a pleasant place and you will admire the architecture and wow at the wear on the stairs as you change levels. Food wise there are some decent cafes and snacks available but part of me prefers a big sprawling shopping center if I want to do this kind of shopping.
  • The historical structure and outlook captures your attention when walking by. The reinventing application putting shops and cafe inside the building, rejuvenates the legendary premise with modern daily life. To my personal preference, I strongly prefer the old style structure, old style of elevator, staircases, ceiling, glass window...really like a live museum, staying close with people everyday.
  • What an amazing building this was!! The shopping was great, all of the best stores. We stopped to have something to drink and had a very pleasant place to sit and have a nice chin-wag before we moved on to more exploring in Sydney. Don't miss it if you're in Sydney.
  • So beautiful to experience. Beautiful Christmas decorations, awesome Christmas tree adorned with crystals stretches up through every level. The carol singers sound amazing, really delightful. So many delicious treats to eat and lovely gifts. Make sure you go to the QVB to enjoy the festive atmosphere.

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