The Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is a modern shopping center located in a magnificent 19th century neo- romanesque building.
Queen Victoria Building
The elaborate building is decorated with stained glass windows,wrought-iron balustrades, patterned floor tiles and large statues. Characteristic for the building are the glass roof over the central arcade and its many domes, one large and twenty smaller ones. The largest, central dome has a 20 meter diameter and consists of an inner glass dome and an exterior copper dome topped with a cupola.
During the first half of the century the Queen Victoria Building saw many occupants come and go. The original concert hall was turned into a library and many commercial stores were converted into municipal offices.
Stained Glass Window
The QVB Today
Four years and A$75 million later the Queen Victoria Building reopened as a shopping center. While the building was modernized with the installation of escalators and air conditioning, its historical restoration is exemplary. The tiled floors, stained glass windows, balustrades and arches are all restored with an eye for detail.
There are four shopping floors in the building with in total about 200 shops and boutiques, including retail covering fashion, jewelry, antiques and Australian crafts.
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