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Royal Exhibition, Government House, Shrine of Remembrance, and Etihad Stadium are the architectural landmarks, the names of which always remind you the words 'Melbourne' and 'Australia'. And this is natural, since these prominent landmarks are the ones that shape the historical and architectural look of Melbourne. Let’s look at these landmarks from high above, namely, from a bird’s eye view – click the video and make a flight over the architectural ensemble of Melbourne. In the main article, you can also read the most interesting facts about every famous landmark of Melbourne.

Royal Exhibition, Melbourne

» The Royal Exhibition is the amazing building located in the center of Melbourne. The Royal Exhibition Building is back onto the Melbourne Museum; that’s the largest object in the collection of the Museum of Victoria.
» In 1940s the building was called the White Elephant due to its decor.
» The Royal Exhibition is widely used for various exhibitions such as the annual International Flower Show of Melbourne.
» Private tours of the Melbourne Museum are also held there.
» In addition, the exhibition center is used to conduct exams for some schools such as the University of Melbourne, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the Melbourne High School and the Women's Graduate School of McRoberts.

Government House, Melbourne

» The Government House is the official residence of the Governor of Victoria.
» The Government House was built in 1876 in the Italian style next to the Royal Botanic Gardens.
»  Annually on January 26 the Government House opens its doors for visitors to celebrate the Australia Day. On other days, the residence is closed to the public.
» While visiting the residence special attention should be paid to the ballroom with its throne wall. Over the governor's chair weighs the shield with the monogram of Elizabeth II as a reminder that Australian governors are governors of the British monarch.
» The Government House is surrounded by eleven hectares of private gardens, which are usually closed to the public, but on Australia Day you can walk on them.

Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne

» The Shrine of Remembrance is one of the largest war memorials in Australia. It was originally erected in honor of the people of Victoria who were in army during World War I, but soon it began to be considered the largest memorial in Australia dedicated to the memory of all Australians killed in all the wars, in which the country has participated.
» The memorial complex hosts annual celebration of Australian and New Zealand army Corps (25 April) and Remembrance Day (November 11).
» The monument was designed by architects Philip Hudson and James Wardrop, who were veterans of the World War I.
»  Design of the monument was based on the ancient Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and the Parthenon in Athens.
» The sanctuary with the Stone of Remembrance can be seen at the center of the monument. The phrase ‘Greater love hath no man’ is carved on the stone.
» The Stone is arranged in such a way that every year on November 11 at 11am the sunbeam passing through the hole lights the word ‘love’. Every year thousands of people come to look at this exciting spectacle.

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.

Eureka Tower, Melbourne

» The Eureka Tower is the highest skyscraper in Melbourne and one of the tallest buildings on the Australian continent.
» The height of the building is 297 meters. It consists of 91 ground and 1 underground floor.
» Construction of the facility began in August 2002 and completed in June 1, 2006. Official opening of the skyscraper was held on 11 October 2006.
» There is an observation deck on the 88th floor of the building, which offers a breathtaking view of the city.
» The Eureka Tower is one of the tallest residential buildings in the world.

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.

Parlament House, Melbourne

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Facts: » The Parliament House of Victoria is the seat of the Parliament of Victoria since 1855.
» It was built mainly in the 19th century; that was the largest civil construction in Australia during this period. The Parliament Building of Victoria is one of the best examples of civil architecture of the British Empire in the world.
» Houses of Parliament were built in several stages, the most important of which were completed between 1856 and 1926, but the building repeatedly expands and complements.
» Facade of the Parliament House is decorated with columns created during the gold rush.
» In 1879, the large library established there.
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