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Block Arcade, Melbourne

Walk through Block Arcade to see one of Australia's best examples of Victorian Mannerist architecture. The city built the arcade between 1891 and 1893 to connect Collins and Elizabeth Streets. Architect David Askew based the design on Milan's Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, and you'll walk across a floor of mosaic tiles beneath a glass canopy with carved-stone detailing along the walls. You'll also find excellent shopping as you navigate the bright and colorful halls. Due to its beauty and architectural significance, the arcade is part of Melbourne's "Golden Mile" heritage walk. Plan trip to Melbourne with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Part of a corridor of lanes from Flinders street to Bourke Street mall, this is one of the most magnificent.  more »
  • It's not as unique as it might be, especially because it's full of beautiful buildings, and if you can go through this, it's not worth the trip.
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  • The Block Arcade was built in the early 1890’s and is beautifully decorated with mosaic tiled flooring, wrought iron and carved stone finishings and a glass canopy ceiling. It is actually an “L” shape...  more »
  • Love this arcade! Even if I never buy anything there as it's all very expensive. I never miss the opportunity to walk it through every time I am in the city. It's really beautiful and super well maintained!
  • Great architecture and atmosphere for a shopping center. This is a rather high end shopping mall. There is Cotton On and HnM nearby if you are looking for something cheaper and of teenager styles. Not forgetting,there is a myriad of cafes inside so you get to smell good food while walking.
  • Well, it's a 19th century style shopping arcade with beautiful architecture which worth a visit, it has some cafes outside so you can enjoy your time here while having a cafe. overall, it's not the best place to go but if you have the time get to block arcade to visit a unique shopping arcade.
  • This is an amazing arcade. The unique stores not to mention Haighes Chocolate shop. The architecture is fantastic. Don't forget to look up at the glass ceiling.
  • This is a beautiful old arcade. She's in wonderful condition and maintained to perfection. Don't rush through some of the shop's in this arcade are fantastic. Great gift ideas and some different things to buy. The herbs shop is a wonder, plus make sure you make time for tea.

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