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In this article, dedicated to the architecture of Melbourne, we will 'fly' over such iconic historical monuments as State Library of Victoria, St Paul Cathedral, Rod Laver Arena, and Rialto Towers. In addition to the virtual flight video, we offer the most important and interesting facts about every landmark, including high-quality photographs. You can also use this article to make your own excursion tour in Melbourne. Simply use the icon to locate the object of interest on the map of Melbourne.

State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

» The State Library of Victoria is the central and largest library in the state of Victoria in Australia.
» The Library boasts its collection of literature that consists of more than 1.5 million volumes of books and 16,000 periodicals.
» Among the treasures of the library are diaries of the city's founders, John Batman and John Pascoe Fawkner, as well as the works of Captain James Cook.
» The library building originally housed the National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Museum.
» On the lawn in front of the main entrance to the library, you can see a lot of tourists, staff of nearby offices and students of the University of Technology. This busy place is very popular among young people and is always crowded with tourists.
» Next to the building you can see several statues and monuments, including the statue of Sir Redmond Barry, the statue of St. George slaying the dragon, the statue of Joan of Arc and the sculpture of Charles La Trobe.

St Paul Cathedral, Melbourne

» The St. Paul Cathedral is the largest Anglican cathedral situated in the heart of Melbourne.
» The St. Paul Cathedral was built in the Gothic style; the famous English architect William Butterfield was the author of the project.
» The stone in the foundation of the cathedral was laid in 1880. The cathedral was consecrated on 22 January 1891. The majestic tower and the spire of the cathedral still weren’t ready till 1926.
» One of the main attractions of the church is the pipe organ imported from England; it’s regarded as one of the largest organs built in the 19th century. It’s considered one of the best surviving works of famous master T. Lewis.
» The spire of St. Paul Cathedral in Melbourne is the second tallest in the world of the Anglican Communion, second only to the cathedral in Salisbury.

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

» Rod Laver Arena is the arena, where the Australian Open Cup is held.
» At the time, the arena was renamed in honor of Rod Laver, the three-time winner of the Australian Open and one of the greatest tennis players of Australia.
» The Arena is designed for 16,820 people; annually it’s taking about 1.5 million visitors.
» The arena provides a possibility to hold meetings in the hot and rainy weather due to its movable roof.
» Besides tennis cups, motorcycle racing, music concerts, conferences, competitions of WWE wrestling Federation, and ballet performances are held at the Arena. Such bands as Slipknot, Iron Maiden, Linkin Park, Korn, Nickelback and others have performed at the venue.

Rialto Towers, Melbourne

» The Rialto Towers are two legendary skyscrapers of glass and concrete.
» The height of the taller skyscraper is 251 meters, the lower the skyscraper has a height of 185 meters.
» The high-rise restaurant is situated on 55th floor of the South Tower.
» The South Tower is of 63 floors, 3 of which are underground, and the North Tower is of 43 floors.
» The South Tower annually hosts the race, during which it’s necessary to overcome 1,450 steps.
»  If we assume from the ground to the roof, the Rialto Towers is considered to be the second tallest reinforced concrete building and the highest office building in the Southern Hemisphere.

St. Patrick Cathedral, Melbourne

» Construction of the St. Patrick Cathedral began in 1858, and finally ended only in 1939.
» The cathedral was built in the Gothic Revival style.
»  The project of the building of the Cathedral was created by one of the most famous architects of the time, William Wardell.
» The length of the St. Patrick Cathedral is 103.6 m, and the height of the main spire is 105 m. The height of the two towers on each side of the main entrance is about 62 m.
» The St. Patrick Cathedral has the honorable status of Minor Basilica. Pope Paul VI has repeatedly visited the shrine, and he has even conducted a service there; in 1986, Pope John Paul II visited the St. Patrick Cathedral.

Supreme Court of Victoria, Melbourne

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Facts: » The Supreme Court of Victoria is the main court of Victoria.
» The Supreme Court of Victoria was founded in 1852. To the date that’s the principal judicial institution of the state with full judicial rights in its territory.
»  The Supreme Court of Victoria is subject to the Local Court of Victoria, Court of Magistrates of Victoria and the Civil and Administrative Tribunal of Victoria.
» The Supreme Court of Victoria legally subordinates to the Supreme Court of Australia.
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