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Culture of Brisbane. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Brisbane river Unique natural attractions, beautiful parks and wonderful botanical gardens remain the main pride of Brisbane. In addition to exploring the beauty of the city’s nature, Brisbane offers to its guests quite an interesting cultural program. Tourists should not forget to visit Queensland Cultural Centre. This is a large-scale complex that consists of a museum, an art gallery and a large library. Queensland Centre has become a permanent venue for numerous exhibitions, presentations and cultural events. You will be also amazed by a beautiful area with fountains and pergolas near the center.
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Art Gallery is known as one of the most prestigious exhibition venues of the country. Here are best artists of Australia show off their works. In addition numerous exhibitions that are conducted here all the time the gallery features a permanent exhibition devoted to the works by the Australian Aborigines. We should definitely note that the entrance to the gallery is completely free. You will also find Contemporary Art Gallery nearby. This gallery was opened in 2006. The spacious halls of the gallery feature works of famous Australian painters, as well as well-known artists from Oceania and Asia.
Queensland Museum features absolutely different collections of valuable artifacts. Among them you will find archaeological findings from the Stone Age, a collection of historical documents and many priceless works of art. A large part of the exhibition is open for public. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is also an important object of excursions. The planetarium is located near the city's business district. The opening of the planetarium took place in 1978. Today visitors of this place of interest can learn about the great achievements of Thomas Brisbane, who has made an enormous contribution to the development of astronomy. The list of 7385 stars described by Brisbane is considered the most important exhibit of the planetarium. The scientist made detailed descriptions of the stars he had studied during the observation of the starry sky of the southern hemisphere. In accordance with the list of the scientist had been created a detailed star map that later became the main reference point for future researchers.
Brisbane Churchyard The separate hall of the Planetarium is dedicated to a collection of meteorites found in Australia over the last hundred years. There is a small theater next to the planetarium, which regularly hosts lectures and interesting presentations devoted to astronomy. There is also a fully equipped observation deck with telescopes, so everyone is welcome to admire the beauty of the starry sky, the research of which attracted even the Mayor of Brisbane.
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Among the religious sights, it is essential to visit the Catholic Old St. Stephen’s Church. The place will immediately fascinate you, and on entering inside, you may never want to leave; it is incredibly calm here and this fact is noted even by those who are faithless. St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, built in a gothic style, attracts people with its interesting stained glass windows, as well as with excellent acoustics. As a result of this, concerts are often held here. Another church you would find interesting is called the Catholic Sacred Heart Church, there are also stunning stained glass windows here. In addition, the city has a synagogue (Brisbane Synagogue) and a Russian Orthodox Church (St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral).
Lands Administration Building at "Queens Gardens", Brisbane An interesting tourist attraction is Boggo Road Gaol. In the 19th century, this building was Queensland’s main prison. The building is also interesting from an architectural point of view, there is an open-air museum in the area and immersion into the atmosphere is ensured. You will also find it fascinating to visit the City Hall, especially if you climb the clock tower and look at Brisbane from a bird’s-eye view. Chic views are guaranteed. It is worth mentioning that there is a free museum on the territory of the government building, where exhibits related to the history of the city are collected. This means that a visit to this place is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the city’s history.
The University of Queensland, famous for its beautiful green area, also deserves attention. It was opened in 1909 and is the oldest university in the Oz country. Nearby there is a cafe and a bookstore. The building can be easily missed, despite the fact that the campus is huge; however, there is no need to do it deliberately. The Customs House is interesting from an architectural point of view. Once upon a time, more specifically, at the end of the 19th century, the building was used as a Customs Chamber. Today it houses a restaurant serving Australian cuisine. The building is famous for its beautiful facade. Quite an original building can be stumbled upon when walking along Wellington Rd. This is about the Historic Ormiston House, where you can enjoy the atmosphere of pastoral life.
Brisbane A walk through the Anzac Square will be a great addition to the survey of the city’s places of interest. The area is famous for its interesting monuments, which can be studied for eternity, finding hidden meaning in each one. In general, it is a quiet and cozy place where you can sit and relax. Scenic views are opened up from the Eagle Street Pier. However, you should know that it is always crowded here, even on weekdays. There are a couple of restaurants here where you can eat while enjoying the beautiful panoramic views. One more place that should be visited is the Wheel of Brisbane, and for the same reason – amazing views can be beheld from here.
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Plan your own excursion through Brisbane: churches, museums and castles

St John Cathedral, Brisbane

» The cathedral rises in the centre of the business district. The third bishop of Brisbane appealed to citizens asking them to help with the construction of the church.
»  The facade is made of stone. The pointed turrets, narrow lancet stained-glass windows, granite and basalt columns propping up the dome are characteristic of the neo-gothic European style.
»  The architectural plan was presented at the end of the 19th century. A son of the architect made a design change in 1947. The construction itself lasted for as long as a century. (1887-2009)
»  The temple was consecrated in the presence of 1,500 people. St. John's Cathedral was built on the site of the oldest All Saints Anglican Church (1862) with a wooden tower.
»  Helidon sandstone, which is a mixture of different minerals, was used for cladding the cathedral. It collects embroidered items and things carved from wood, glass and stone, made by local craftsmen. The collection of four hundred pillows depicts local flora and fauna.
»  Tourists can climb a narrow spiral staircase to get to the bell tower. The modern belfry was opened about 10 years ago and occupies 2 floors. 12 bells are hung on the upper floor. They still traditionally chime.

Cathedral of St. Stephen, Brisbane

Location on the map:   Facts: » The first stone of the future Cathedral of St Stephen was laid in late December 1863, on the Christian Great Martyr Remembrance Day.
»  The construction began in 1874 thanks to donations from laymen. The chapel standing nearby was designed by another architect. The cathedral was constructed in 1922.
»  Tuff, sandstone and porphyry were the foundation stones. Everything has signs of the modern Catholic style elements. It can be noticed in the spire on the turret as well.
»  The stained glass windows on the east side were once delivered from Munich. One of the windows is known as the "Mayne" window. It was made by an Irish craftsman.
»  On sunny days, the colourful glass windows create a fancy pattern on the stone floor tiles and walls.
»  The temple seems small from the outside, while the internal layout looks spacious because of huge ceilings. Following the best English traditions, the chants to the sounds of a unique organ can be heard in the holy place. They are performed by male choirs on Catholic holidays.
»  Numerous buildings were gradually erected on the territory of the cathedral: a school, a bishop's house, business premises for the Metropolis, a meeting hall. They are all different in architectural style.

Story Bridge, Brisbane

» The 80-metre bridge has a panoramic view of the city. At night, the historic Story Bridge is illuminated.
»  There are pedestrian and bicycle lanes on both sides of it. The span structures of the construction hang outside the supports. It connects the banks of the river.
»  A new Brisbane bridge was designed according to a famous architect’s drawings. It is named after the early 20th century politician.
»  The foundation stone was laid by the city’s premier in May 1935. Some difficulties arose during the construction of the facility. The soft soil of the river bottom required additional installation supports.
»  The construction was done on a grand scale. It was being built day and night. In late October 1939, two banks of the river were connected. The bridge is 250 metres long. It takes 2.5 hours to cross the bridge.
»  The construction cost about 1.5 million pounds. The cantilever structure copies the famous bridge in Montreal. There are three lanes of traffic in each direction.
»  The traffic was temporarily stopped to celebrate the 50th anniversary. In 2005, a tradition of steel bridge climbs was started, and competitions have been regularly held since then. The winner gets an award certificate.

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

» The vast Brisbane Suncorp Stadium regularly hosts football matches and other sporting events. The fans of sports games came up with another name for the stadium – The Cauldron.
»  The Australian sports ground is rectangular in shape. The arena is designed to fit in up to 53,000 fans. Rugby union and rugby league (team game with an oval ball) competitions, football matches, and concerts take place here.
»  Suncorp is a world-class stadium. Local citizens consider it one of the sporting "temples".
»  Over a million spectators visit the stadium annually. It’s a home arena for many Australian teams from various types of sports.
»  A statue of Wally Lewis, a legendary rugby league player, is set on a pedestal before the entrance to the sports ground.
»  Guided tours are organized here.
»  There used to be a cemetery. Then Lang Park was built. After reconstruction, the place is occupied by a modern world-class stadium.
»  The area near the sports ground was originally inhabited by Europeans. Staff rooms can be accessed by media representatives and distinguished guests having special passes.

Customs House, Brisbane

» The ground floor of Customs House is a glass floor with a panoramic view of the central district of Sydney, City. Customs House is marked with a red beam.
»  Customs House has a place for leisure, a cafe, free Wi-Fi, and a library. Customs House is located on the embankment.
»  Nowadays, the building of the old mansion belongs to the university.
»  It was built in 1886 and belonged to the local customs. The building was rented by the education institution in April 1988. It was being restored for three years.
»  In 1994, the building was opened again and complemented with new offices. About 8 millions in local currency were spent on the restoration of the building.
»  There is a restaurant within walking distance from it, in the same buildings. The basement is occupied by an art gallery. Concerts are often organized here.
»  There is also an outdoor patio. One of the spacious rooms is named “Long Room”. Today, lectures and gala dinners are held here.
»  The design of the building features a copper dome and Corinthian columns. There is the image of the shield, kangaroo, and emu, which are the symbols of Australia. The iron balustrade was made in England.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Brisbane

Tangalooma Island Resort
Where: The Tangalooma Island Resort, Moreton Island, Brisbane; Telephone: +61 (07) 3637 2000;
Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon
Where: Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, Brisbane; Telephone: +61 (07) 5458 6280; Opening hours: Daily 9am-4.30pm;
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Where: Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane; Telephone: +61 (07) 3378 1366 and 1300 729 742 (Mirimar Cruises); Opening hours: Open daily 8.30am-5.00pm;
Australia Zoo
Where: Steve Irwin Way in Beerwah, Queensland, Brisbane; Telephone: +61 (07) 5436 2000; Opening hours: Open daily 9am - 5pm; More info: Trains for beerwah run from the cbd, contact australia zoo to arrange a free pick-up.;
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Where: Tomewin Street, Currumbin, Brisbane; Telephone: +61 (07) 5534 1266; Opening hours: Open daily 8am-5pm;
Lamington National Park
Where: Lamington Nationalpark, Brisbane; Telephone: +61 (07) 3227 8185; More info: Accessed via binna burra or green mountain;
The Gabba
Where: Vulture Street, Wooloongabba, Brisbane; Telephone: +61 (07) 3008 6166; More info: Gate 7;
Roma Street Parkland
Where: 1 Parkland Boulevard, Brisbane; Telephone: +61 (07) 3006 4545; Opening hours: 24hrs a day, entry is free.;
Moreton Bay Escapes
Where: Manly Harbour Village, Brisbane; Telephone: 1300 559 355; More info: Departs from manly harbour village;
Story Bridge Adventure Climb
Where: 170 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane; Telephone: 1300 254 627 or (07) 3514 6900 (Head Office); Opening hours: Telephone reservations open Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm;
The Brisbane Botanical Gardens
Where: George Street, Brisbane; Telephone: +61 (07) 3403 8888; More info: Get there;
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♥   Art museum 'Queensland Art Gallery' Brisbane, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Brisbane

Culture guide to Brisbane. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Brisbane: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Brisbane. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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