The Queen Victoria Building is an iconic landmark in Sydney’s CBD; one that dates back to the late 19th century.
Its unique architectural style revolves around the Romanesque Revival that characterises the building’s unmistakable design and structure. The building was designed by George McRae at a time when the city was undergoing a building boom.
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Of the four designs provided by McRae, the Romanesque Revival was selected, with the use of arches and columns typical of this style at the time. It is almost impossible to miss the building’s central dome – perhaps the most striking feature of them all.
The glass dome is covered by a copper-sheathed exterior with smaller versions of the same at the buildings four corners. Stained-glass windows are also part of the design, with the roof designed to include skylights. Outside, there are two groups of marble figures on the building’s long sides – the York Street group and the George Street group respectively.
The building is immersed in history and its architectural splendour is a wonder to behold. Home to some of the city’s finest boutiques and jewellery shops, the Queen Victoria Building is a must-visit. What was initially developed as a Municipal Market has since morphed to be one of the city’s most prestigious shopping destinations.
Commonly referred to as QVB, the building has four key shopping floors. The top three floors have vast openings that let in natural light. Underground, the arcades are linked to the Town Hall Train Station, making this an accessible place to shop and enjoy. Remember to visit the tea room located at QVB’s northern end.
On display are two giant mechanical clocks, both of which display defining moments in the country’s past. In addition to these, there are many displays and memorials. One of the most interesting, is located on the top level close to the dome. Within it lies a sealed letter that is to be opened in 2085 by whoever will the Sydney’s Mayor at the time. The letter was written by Queen Elizabeth in 1986.
If you are looking forward to exploring Sydney and finding out what makes this city tick, then Queen Victoria Building is a good place to start.