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

Melbourne skyline Tourists limited in time should give preference to the famous Melbourne tram as its route runs through the most scenic and remarkable areas of the city that turns a common tram trip into an exciting and engaging city sightseeing tour. Those having enough of time for Melbourne exploration should pay more emphasis to sights and landmarks of this tourist destination.
In Melbourne, there is a wide variety of unusual places for walking to chose from. Have you ever been to an open-air art gallery? If you haven't, be sure to take a stroll through Rutledge … Open
The most famous cultural establishment of the city is considered to be The Victorian Art Centre being an established place for holding most various events. Opera concerts and dramatic performances, theatrical productions and ballet company performances are a few types of events one can find in the center’s poster advertisement. The city has preserved numerous historical buildings many of which survived in the long course of history unharmed and today appear in their initial look.
Among inestimable landmarks of Victorian age the building of the General Post Office, the building of Parliament House, the Town Hall and the famous Princess Theater are best worth noticing and visiting. The last landmark of mentioned above will be of great interest not only for genuine connoisseurs of architectural art but for dramatic art fans as well. The same impressive, remarkable and symbolic landmark of the city of Melbourne is The Myer Music bowl. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
To explore all the markets and shopping centers in Melbourne, you'll need more than one day full of walks. A must-have is Queen Victoria Market where the most popular and sought-after … Open
It is a big open air platform by its form and look resembling a bowl. For many years this platform has been an established place of holding of different concerts and upscale events. Each district of Melbourne features plenty of unique spots of tourist interest. A walk through the Carlton quarter will turn to a real adventurous journey to Italy. The quarter hosts not only popular Italian gastronomy destinations, but cozy interesting shops as well as several remarkable historical objects.
Melbourne The Richmond district will introduce the tourists into Vietnamese and Greek cultures meanwhile the St Kilda district is considered to be the concentration of European life and culture in Melbourne. Those wishing to learn the culture, traditions and way of life of local people should set off to the William Ricketts Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is an upscale exhibition presenting a collection of artworks of world famous sculpture and artist to the visitors. William Ricketts spent several years in central Australia and learned and explored the culture of aborigines. All of his artworks are anyway considering local folks.
Discovering the architecture of Melbourne from bird's eye view! Royal Exhibition, Government House, Shrine of Remembrance, Etihad Stadium, Eureka Tower, Flinders Street Station, all those monuments are defining the image of Melbourne … Open
One of the most important points on the tourist route in the capital of Victoria is the Old Melbourne Gaol, a museum that served as a prison from 1842 to 1929. Among the prisoners executed here were legendary Edward (better known as Ned) Kelly, one of the symbols of Australia, Colin Campbell Ross who was put to death despite evidence of his innocence (which was proved in the 1990s through a forensic examination), as well as the serial killer Frederick Bailey Deeming. The museum exhibits include prisoners' belongings and even death masks. Flinders Street Railway Station built in 1854 is considered a vivid art nouveau monument. A dome, an arched entrance, a tower, and a clock - all this makes the building unique in its architecture.
South Melbourne Town Hall One of the symbols of Melbourne is Eureka Tower, the city's tallest structure with a height of 297 meters. Its construction was completed in 2006, Fender Katsalidis Architects Company worked on the tower's design. On the 88th floor, there is an observation deck offering an amazing panorama, which is certainly worth a visit. Another interesting skyscraper in the capital of Victoria is Melbourne Central Shopping Centre built in 1991. Architects from Bates Smart Company had a hand in the construction of the 246-meter skyscraper. Light House built in 2017 deserves mentioning too - as is clear from its name, it's best to take a walk around its area in the evening when it is beautifully illuminated.
State Library of Victoria, St Paul Cathedral, Rod Laver Arena, Rialto Towers, St. Patrick Cathedral, as well as many others, they all become the world's cultural heritage objects and remain as iconic monuments for Melbourne … Open
In the city, you can find a number of wonderful religious attractions. The most important of which are the beautiful Gothic revival monuments St. Patrick's Cathedral dating back to 1939 and St. Paul's Cathedral erected in 1926. St. Augustine Church can be considered Melbourne's “hidden gem”. It is built from basalt in 1867, and its architecture is rather unusual as for a church. The interior of the shrine is more than modest, but all this is complemented by a magnificent courtyard. Another interesting church, despite its small size, is the 1874 German Lutheran Trinity Church. Compared to the nearby St. Patrick's Cathedral it seems to be tiny. Nevertheless, the building conquers the hearts with its original architecture.
The Old Treasury building currently occupied by the Museum of Melbourne History deserves special mention. It is noteworthy for being built as a palazzo in 1862 with the money raised during the Gold Rush. The architect was 19-year-old John James Clark who was passionate about Renaissance architecture, and whose works later became wonderful examples of classical and neoclassical architectural styles (for example, the Treasury Building in Brisbane). During the construction of Curtin House, an architect entrusted with this business (Harry Norris) was inspired by an Italian palazzo, and as a result, a magnificent example of neo-Renaissance architecture was created.
Tourists come to Melbourne to make a walk on its beautiful streets, explore the remarkable places of this city and visit most beautiful parks and gardens in the country. There are really … Open
Collins Street lined with beautiful boutiques, cafes, and restaurants is one of the most beautiful walking routes in the city. Among the attractions that can be found here are the majestic St Michael's Uniting Church and Scots' Church, as well as the art nouveau Alston's Corner and Rialto Towers, the second tallest skyscraper in Melbourne. It's also a good idea to take a walk through authentic Chinatown with its bustling atmosphere - it seems that it is never quiet here. Not only picturesque streets and parks but a cemetery - Melbourne General Cemetery - deserve the attention of tourists. Here you can find several historical sights, including beautiful chapels and gravestones delightful in their sculptural art.
Melbourne Below The Floral Clock, the main attraction of Queen Victoria Gardens, is even more beautiful in the fall when everything flourishes here. There is a large number of interesting places to visit in the park. For example, the Shrine of Remembrance monument, the Tecoma Pavilion observation deck, as well as the already mentioned Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Another picturesque park - Fitzroy Gardens - accommodates many interesting sights introducing visitors to the Victorian era in the history of Australia. These include Cooks' Cottage - a house built by James Cook's parents in 1755, and another remarkable site is Model Tudor Village donated to the city by residents of London Borough of Lambeth.
Melbourne will enchant tourists with children with an assortment of entertainment and remarkable attractions. The city is celebrated for its cutting edge amusement parks. One of the most … Open
A magnificent masterpiece of modern architecture is Webb Bridge (numerous design awards attest to this), which was designed by Robert Owen in collaboration with Denton Corker Marshall in 2003. During its construction, engineers focused on the reconciliation of indigenous peoples and newcomers, and therefore, its design combines elements symbolizing the past of Australia, its present and future. The Merri Creek Labyrinthstriking with its views is an amazing place to walk. One of the symbols of the city is Federation Square, where interesting events are often held. It is a pleasure to walk around a picturesque expanse here.
melbourne morning Victoria Barracks building where troops of the British colonists were once based is was of great historical value. The Australian military office was headquartered here during the Second World War. Of interest is Ross House built at the beginning of the 20th century in American-Romanesque style untypical for Australia. Melbourne can offer some interesting museums to explore. Among them are the Melbourne Museum with its huge exposition of everything related to the city and the Immigration Museum that acquaints visitors with diasporas that exist in the capital of Victoria. Going to an interesting performance at the Southbank Theater, spend at least five minutes of your time admiring the architecture of the building built in 2009 by ARM Architecture.
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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.

Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

» The Etihad Stadium is the first multi-purpose sports and entertainment center in Melbourne with a capacity of 55 thousand people.
» The stadium has the ability to carry out sports, cultural and recreational activities in all weather conditions thanks to its retractable roof.
» The stadium was opened in 2000. Now it hosts more than 100 events annually, such as concerts, Australian or European football, rugby competitions or cricket cups.
» There are restaurants, cafes and bars in the entertainment area, and lots of shops close to the center.
» The Etihad Stadium was the venue for concerts of Bon Jovi, Eminem, U2, Andre Riez, Robbie Williams, AC/DC and many others.

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.

Flinders Street Station, Melbourne

» Flinders Street Station is the oldest railway station in Australia, recognized as the national monument of architecture. After reconstruction and modernization of the station, its building has become an ornament and pride of the city.
» This grand structure built in 1910 has a rich and interesting history.
» The amazing facade of the station building designed in Victorian style is decorated in gold tones. The large dome with a spire and a high clock tower with balustrades and sculptured columns is particularly notable.
» Melburnians and tourists often meet under the clock, referring to the building of the old station.
» Among the many rooms inside the station building, the magnificent ballroom is particularly popular among residents and tourists.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Melbourne

Federation Square
Where: Federation Sq, Melbourne; Telephone: +61 3 9655 1900;
St Kilda
Where: St Kilda, Melbourne; More info: Tram to fitzroy street;
Royal Melbourne Zoo
Where: Elliott Avenue, Parkville, Melbourne; Telephone: +61 3 9285 9300;
Melbourne Museum
Where: 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne; Telephone: +61 3 8341 7777;
Royal Botanic Gardens
Where: Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra, Melbourne; Telephone: +61 3 9252 2300;
Melbourne Observation Deck
Where: 525 Collins Street, Melbourne; Telephone: +61 3 9629 8222;
Old Melbourne Gaol
Where: 377 Russell Street, Melbourne; Telephone: +61 3 9663 7228;
Melbourne Aquarium
Where: Cnr King & Flinders Streets, Melbourne; Telephone: +61 3 9923 5999;
Immigration Museum
Where: 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne; Telephone: +61 3 9927 2700;
Reference information
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Melbourne
♥   Palace 'Government House' Melbourne, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Melbourne and around
♥   Art museum 'National Gallery of Victoria' Melbourne, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Melbourne
♥   Sts Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, North Melbourne, 3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Shrine of St Thérèse of Lisieux, Kew, 4.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Shrine of St Anthony, Hawthorn, 5.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Our Lady of Victories Basilica, Camberwell, 8.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathedral of St. Alphonsa, Melbourne, 8.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   St Mary of the Angels Basilica, Geelong, 64.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Melbourne

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