The building was completed in 1898 and named the Queen Victoria Building as a monument to the long-reigning monarch.
It was in 1959 threatened with demolition, but was saved and restored thank god.
Evferyone should come and visit this treasure
Sydney had several shopping arcades, but the QVB was the most well known and for good reason. The inside of the building is several levels and absolutely beautiful. As true with most of Sydney, stores closed in the late afternoon, but the interior was open later to walk through. We also found a cafe/restaurant inside that stayed open after all the shops closed..
Completed in 1898, the QVB is a monumental exercise in celebrating the reign of Queen Victoria. Foreward thinking, the government of the day built this concert hall (the original use) during a time of recession and in such a grand manner to purposefully employ many out-of-work skilled and semi-skilled workers (as well as labourers etc). In time, changes have been made and for a time it was the city library and the headquarters of the City of Sydney Council. Amazingly, it was slated for demolition as recent as 1959.
Nowadays, it's one of the places to shop, occupying one huge central city block and attracting all the international retailers of repute (and expense...:)). It's more a place to browse than buy (plenty of places cheaper) but certainly worth your time - and check out the toilets on the first (American 2nd) floor.
The whole building is full of interesting details, some of them not so small: there are several of the world's most spectacular clocks. The Royal Clock, made in 1986, shows episodes from English history and at the other end of the building, the bigger Royal Australian Clock, made in 2000, shows episodes in Australian history.
It would be trite to say that they just don'tmake buildings like this anymore - they do. This building was largely 'remade' by the current owners and it is a god example of how commercial and retail buildings can become civc monuments and part of the very real heritage of a city.
There is actually a lot more to see, including a royal wishing well, statues, the stained glass, a disaply on the Victoria Cross medal, and there are two daily tours of the building, at 11.30 and 2.30. These would be an excellent way to discover more about one of Sydney's most graceful buildings.
Most go there to shop; some go to eat; a few got to the Queen Victoria Building to admire the wonderful architecture, the stained glass and the genteel atmosphere of this extremely graceful building in central Sydney. The rich red sandstone facade stretches along the slope of George Street, with bright red flags fluttering in the breeze.
Inside, the polished mosaic floors and wrought iron detailing on the three floors make it a classy place, like one of those crutsy old imperial hotels. A number of restaurants and cafes make use of the wide walkways, and there is no finer place to have a bite to eat than in the dappled sunlight streaming in through the rooflights.
The Queen Victoria Building was constructed at a time of recession in Australia, so we are lucky that the building exists at all. It seems that the market and municipal officials peresevered to replace the old markets that stood here, and the George McRae gave Sydney people something to be proud of, even if they were hungry. Originally the building housed a concert hall - later a library - and the showrooms of many local tradesmen. However, it was not long before there were calls for it to be demolished and Sydney is even more fortunate that the QVB survived; similar buildings in many cities have not. It may be a bit of an irritant to many Australians that it was a Malaysian company that actually undertook the restoration and renovation.
The Queen Victoria Building was constructed in 1893 as a fresh produce market and was named Queen Victoria Markets then.
This Victorian style building was designed by architect George McRae and is located in the heart of Sydney's CBD.
Both the interior and exterior provides very good photography opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!