Queen Victoria Building (QVB), Sydney

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Queen Victoria Building (QVB) offers an architectural delight: an extravagantly detailed shopping center from Australia's late colonial period amidst the gleaming modernity of downtown Sydney's skyscrapers. From the outside, admire the Romanesque Revival facade that American architect Henry Hobson Richardson employed throughout the city in the last decade of the 19th century. Observe the large copper-sheathed central dome, cupolas on the corners of the roof, and columns all along the exterior walls. Inside, see stained-glass windows, arched skylights by the central dome, colonnades, and balustrades. And the shopping isn't half-bad in here either. Plan my day in Sydney using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • Our hotel was 1/2 block from this and we looked at the outside of the building and thought, "Isn't this pretty, what is it?" We finally asked someone and they said the QVB. The day we were checking ou...  more »
  • With the best brands of designers, it is a very beautiful and perfectly decorated building. It also has very nice cafes in the Center.
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  • The QVB is a landmark building. After its renovation, it is now a classy hot spot, with good stores in a fantastically interesting building.  more »
  • Lot of shops. You can pretty much find all the brands in here. But it is crowded all the time. Too much of people. Toilet facility must be improved. But we can get things cheaper than other places. A Must visit place for all the tourists..... Its worth going and you can spend a day here if you love shopping......
  • It is a relatively small building as far as modern shopping centres go but it is an absolutely beautiful sandstone building with mechanical clocks, a fine dome and interesting and changing decorations. Bathrooms still have classic Art Deco tiles. At least men's rooms do. The shops tend to be on the fancy side so they are not cheap but certainly a great place to shop for gifts!
  • Love this place! You have to view it from both inside and outside, top and ground floor to see how well preserved it is. The details are impressive just like the shops inside. Also called QVB this building will impress you from its dragons and lanterns in celebration of the Chinese New Year to its well adorned Christmas tree in December. A place in Sydney is unmissable and is just seconds from train and bus stations.
  • Another truly iconic building in Sydney. Love the building architecture and the old world feel. Also has an amazing range of shops and boutiques to indulge the shopaholics. A major highlight is the beautiful Swarovski crystal decorated Christmas tree and the detailed nativity scene during Christmas. If in Sydney during Christmas, this place is definitely worth a visit. Also love the fact that the building has an below ground level that connects to town hall station and nearby buildings.
  • A Sydney iconic building obviously named after Queen Victoria. Numerous shops and outlet with many popular designer shops. A must visit shopping destination for tourist and a frequent place to go for the locals. If you are tired from shopping in 3 levels of this building plenty of restaurant and cafes to quench your thirst and hunger. Easy access with transportation.

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