Queen Victoria Building, Sydney

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    Queen Victoria Building

    by globetrotter06 Updated Apr 19, 2006

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    The Queen Victoria Building was completed in 1898, replacing the original Sydney markets on the site. Originally, a concert hall, coffee shops, offices, showrooms, warehouses and a wide variety of tradespeople were accommodated. Today the building still hosts several shops, boutiques and coffee shops.

    Website: http://www.qvb.com.au

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    Expensive shopping - don't buy... just go look.

    by JeffandMerliis Written Sep 17, 2005

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    This place is (technically) a shopping center but I view it to be more of a work of art. Ornate displays including a model of a jade carriage, a very beautiful clock, and art work that shows the founding of Australia. As far as the shopping aspect goes, there are many stores including souvenir shops as well as clothing, jewelry, and the other stores you would expect to see at any mall anywhere.

    Website: http://www.qvb.com.au/

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    The Great Australian Clock

    by kooka3 Written Jul 27, 2005

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    This clock was put into the QVB about 5 years ago in mid-2000, and is pretty impressive. It's suspended from the Centre Dome of the building, and is the world's larges hanging animated turret clock. It weights 4 tonnes and is 10 metres tall. There are 32 clocks, 12 of which show international times.There are 33 paintings, and 138 hand carved figurines.

    It tells the story of Australia from both Aborigianal and European perspectives. One of the key features of the clock is a symbolic Aboriginal figure that circles continuously around an upper level of the clock, representing the passage of time. It is based on a elder from Australia's Treeless Plains. As it pses by the scenes, some of them light up or become animated. To see this figure, it's best to go to the highest level.

    Address: 455 George Street

    Directions: It's the big building with the dome and the statue of Queen Victoria out front. You can't miss it!

    Phone: (02) 9264 9209

    Website: http://www.qvb.com.au

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    Shopping Mall and Museum rolled into one

    by yellowbell Updated Jul 20, 2005

    The 1890's Byzantine inspired architecture became a concert hall, municipal offices and now a shopping mall. This is really the most exquisite shopping mall I've ever seen with it's stained glass windows, domes and wood panelling.

    Take time to look at the hanging clock which features moving tableaux of British kings and queens every hour, on the hour.

    It's a mini museum for me since the upper floor showcases permanent exhibition of replicas of British crown jewels and personal effects of Queen Victoria.

    Pictures of old QVB lined walls of the staircase.

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    Beaut shopping buildings

    by Norm-NZ Written Jun 17, 2005

    And if you are burnt out from days of beaches, try some Sydney shopping. But hay.... watch the budget there is SO MUCH you wanna buy the credit card will take a bashing. But seriously, Sydney shopping is a treasure found. Beaut shopping in beaut buildings, in beaut character surroundings. Sydney...thank you.

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    QVB

    by wkcsmt Written Feb 25, 2005

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    QVB is a grand shopping arcade with Romanesque architecture. QVB was built in 1898 to replace the old George Street markets and undergone refurbished in 1986. In here, you'll see exquisite stained glass windows, the 19th century staircase, architecturely detailed arches / balustrades / pillars...

    QVB has been described by Pierre Cardin as "the most beautiful shopping centre in the world". Come visit & you can be the judge!

    Address: George Street, Sydney

    Website: http://www.qvb.com.au

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    Go if you're looking for high priced shopping

    by kooka3 Updated Jan 25, 2005

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    This building -- called the QVB by Sydneysiders -- is beautiful. If you're into nice buildings, go check it out. The shops, however, are very high priced - so if you're thinking about buying anything, be prepared for the pricetag!!

    Information Desks are located near the centre dome on both Ground Level and Level Two, where you can get centre directions, general information and a city map to assist you around town.

    The QVB also provides a guided walking tour through the QVB with a member of the Information Staff who are IATG certified Tourist guides. On the tour you will be provided with historical facts and figures on one of Sydney's most famous buildings. Tours run twice daily and leave from the Information Desk. Book through the info desk (or call the number below).

    The basement does have restaurants and a stop of a train station.

    The lower, mezzanine level (basement) provides one of the city’s busiest pedestrian concourses connecting Town Hall railway station to the Pitt Street Mall.

    At ground level, the gradual rise in George Street has been cleverly absorbed into the design with shops steadily rising in height along the length of the block.

    The QVB is open: M-W & F-S 9am - 6pm; Th: 9am - 9pm; Sun. & public holidays I I am - 5pm. Some stores, cafes, & restaurants open longer.

    Phone: (02) 9264 9209

    Website: http://infodesk@qvb.com.au

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    Queen Victoria Building

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 11, 2005

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    The Queen Victoria Building, now affectionately known as the QVB, was designed by George McRae and completed in 1898, replacing the original Sydney markets on the site. Built as a monument to the long reigning monarch, construction took place in dire times, as Sydney was in a severe recession.
    Today it is home to some of the most expensive retail outlets in Sydney - its architecture is still striking though!!

    Address: George Market, York and Druitt Streets, Sydney

    Phone: 02-9264 9209

    Website: http://www.qvb.com.au

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    THE QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING

    by BerniShand Updated Dec 28, 2004

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    what a great place to spend a very wet morning ! rescued and restored the QVB echoes with late Victorian grace and charm, mixed with stylish shops and quirky features
    When you visit make sure you are there on the hour for the automatated clocks to do their party pieces, the upper level gives you the best views of them

    other interesting things to see are the baby grand pianos playing away and the superb Chinese jade wedding carriage, even the toilets are a treat ! they are wonderfully restored

    its a great place to wander, window shop and meet people, dont forget to check out the lovely stained glass windows and the antiquated lifts

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    QVB

    by martin_nl Updated Nov 4, 2004

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    The Queen Victoria Building, or QVB as referred to by the locals, takes up an entire city block and is completely filled with about 190 shops. All sorts of shops like clothing, jewellery, shoes, art, hairdresser etc. are presented. There are also loads of places where you can have a classy - read expensive - sandwich. However the lower ground level of the QVB is connected to the Myer department store and there you will find a superb foodcourt with cheap food of all sorts.

    When you visit the QVB make sure you go to the top level where you can find Peter Lik's Gallery. You'll be amazed by his photography. Prices are quite steep, but if you want to have a souvenir like this, this is the best place to go.

    Directions: The block bordered by George, Market, Druitt and York Sts. But you can't miss it really!

    Website: http://www.peterlik.com/

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    Queen Victoria Building

    by seagoingJLW Written Aug 27, 2003

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    Visit the Queen Victoria Building with its upscale mall in this 1898 Byzantine building. It replaced the original Sydney Markets, then became a concert hall. Eventually it became the City Library.

    It was remodelled in the 1930s and used for varied purposes. In 1984 it was completely refurbished as a shopping center with more than 200 shops.

    Address: 455 George Street

    Directions: The whole block between Market and Druitt Streets

    Phone: 9264 8862

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    Queen Victoria Building

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Aug 25, 2003

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    This outstanding building occupies an entire city block. It was built in 1898 to replace the original Sydney Markets.
    Later, it accommodated a concert hall, which eventually became the City Library.
    In 1984 it was completely refurbished as a shopping centre, with more than 200 shops.
    The renovations were done by the Malaysian company Ipoh Garden Berhad.
    The turn of the century charm of this building was successfully retained.

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    Address: 455 George Street, Sydney.

    Phone: (02) 9264-920

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    The Queen Victoria Building

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 5, 2003

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    The Queen Victoria Building often called the QVB. It’s a great example of what foresight can do. The ornate sandstone building is topped with three large copper-clad domes and was built originally as a produce market. The market was moved to The Haymarket (Paddy's Market) in Chinatown (Hay Street) and around 1930, the QVB was turned into offices. It eventually fell into disrepair and stood empty for several years facing demolition because of the prime land it sat on.

    A Malaysian company gutted the building and tuned the interior into the interior into four above-ground floors and a basement of boutiques and restaurants. A fabulous building to visit.

    Address: 455 George Street, Sydney

    Directions: Bus : 151, 169, 175, 178, 180, 183, 184, 190, 200, 247, 254, 261, 264, 286, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 441, 442, 461
    Monorail : to Park Plaza
    Train : to Town Hall

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    Queen Victoria Statue

    by Canadienne Updated Mar 31, 2003

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    While you're admiring the Queen Victoria Building, you'll notice this statue at one end (Southern, I think). The statue originally stood in front of the Irish Parliament, but was removed in 1947. . .it disappeared and was eventually located in a small Irish town in the early 80's.

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    Queen Victoria Building

    by Canadienne Updated Mar 31, 2003

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    Today, the QVB is a mall ~ filled with fairly upscale shops and boutiques. I don't recommend it for that reason, but for the beautiful exterior architecture. There are over 20 copper domes topping the building. . .a peek inside is worthwhile as well, as the glass-sectioned ceiling lets in light.

    The building takes up a full city block and it was originally a produce market. A great deal of money was spent on saving the building in the early 1980s and it re-opened as a shopping centre later in that decade.

    Sydney's outdoors are so beautiful ~ be careful not to get sucked into shopping. . .a quick detour through the building is all that is necessary.

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