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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  • Beautiful building and lovely shops - however pricy. We had Breakfast at the eatery shortly after You enter and it was fabulous. The macaroon kiosk is delightful. If Your currency permits shopping in ...  more »
  • Beautiful building from outside and inside. Of course, inside a multiple floors and corridors of shopping, shopping and shopping along with multitude of people, cafes, and restaurants. Clock tower ins...  more »
  • Walking around as a queen, leaving footsteps behind you as a king. Walking along shops with a royal appearance, exclusive, beautiful. Looking around from a chair at one off the nice terraces.  more »
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  • I have loved this building since l first saw it back in the 70's when it was being used as a library. Then the scaffolding went up and then the notices that the public needed to keep calm as the building was being restored, not demolished, phew! Quite apart from the shops it is worth just wandering through and looking at the historical items. Look at those tiled floors and appreciate that they are original , saved by someone many, many years ago who decided to cover them with plywood. Beautiful craftsmanship that has survived all the years. Don't just hurry through the building, open your eyes and pause to look around. Find the little spiral staircase near the centre and wonder why it is there and how difficult to climb.
  • Really beautiful old building that gives off a rustic feel... after all these years I am so pleased the owners have kept it in such great condition. Plenty of shops and cafes on each level. Hobbyco is fantastic, with such a wide range of items. The historic elevators are also nice to experience, definitely use them at some point.
  • Sydney's most impressive historic building. A must see if you're visiting Sydney. Plenty of mid to high end fashion and accessories stores, and great cafes and restaurants including the magnificent Tea Rooms upstairs. It has a myriad of beautiful architectural features to explore.
  • Iconic Sydney landmark. Great place for shopping, eating and access to Town Hall station from the lower level. The upper level has lots of expensive clothing and accessories. So many great shops. Also must mention lots of very good cafes. I bought some lovely boots on the lower level recently. Something for everyone. Best place to take visitors to Sydney.
  • I’m not a mall person but if they were all like this I’d never leave! This is the most gorgeous mall I’ve ever seen! It’s Romanesque Revival architecture, stain glass and metal work are lovely! The main clock has amazing details such as a ship that sails around counting the seconds and bells chiming the 1/2 hour and hour. We happened upon an impromptu concert, a man playing Beetles songs on the Grand piano! There is free WiFi and is a train station stop.

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