My cell phone didn't work when I got to Australia. It had no signal. So we went to a phone store and they said my phone was locked. When we went to the place to unlock, it wasn't open yet. So I walked around and took photos of Martin Place until 11:00. I took photos of the Central Post Office and the Cenotaph and the Fountain and a funny round building.
Martin Place is a pedestrian mal in the central business district of Sydney. Due to its location it is always bustling with activity. Martin Place is named after Sir James Martin who was the premier of New South Wales and Chief Justice of Supreme Court of New South Wales.
Martin place contains an Anzac memorial, fountain, historical buildings such as the Sydney Post Office, benches and access to the Sydney Rail system. At lunchtime Martin Place is packed with people eating lunch or just milling about.
The Cenotaph is a memorial located in Martin Place. It commemorates the ANZAC forces who served in WWI. The memorial is made of granite and depicts a soldier standing at attention. It was dedicated on August 8, 1927.
Right in the middle of the CBD you can find Martin Place which I always referred to to as My Place, since my name is Martin ;-)
Anyway Martin Place is a the biggest pedestrian area in the city and also the biggest square. Quite often you will find street performances here like didgeridoo players. The square is surrounded by many colonial buildings. A good example of that is the Post Office building and the Virgin Megastore.
A permanent sight on Martin Place is the ANZAC memorial. In the Christmas season you can also find a huge christmas tree stationed at the bottom of the square.
Martin Place is a busy place especially on weekdays around lunchtime. Many workers go here to enjoy their lunch in the open air.
Most Australians watch channel 7 from Mon-Fri and know that Kochie & Mel are on tv. If you head to Martin Place you can look in the window and see them in the morning from 6am. Also next to the studios is the channel 7 store which has lots of merchandise from Desperate housewives, Lost, Home & Away etc.
One of Sydneys most well known and decorated plazas it is a central area for businesses, where many workers enjoy their lunch and watch the entertainment.
The plaza was opened in 1891 and made traffic free in 1971. It is home every Anzac day to a dawn service and a march past.
The area is very decorated with fountain, floral garden displays and sculptures. The sculptures are of that of artist Willam Dobell. Buildings that are in the area include the General Post office built in 1866.
It is one of those places in the world that they say if you sit for a while you can watch the entire world go by. Especially if you join the crowds at lunch or in the morning and afternoon rush hour. It has even been said that if you stay here long enough, you will spot someone you know.
This square in central Sydney is the financial center of Australia and is surrounded with a combination of historic and modern buildings
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