Tuesday, 22 November 2011

EXHIBITION BUILDINGS MELBOURNE

The Royal Exhibition Building is a World Heritage Site-listed building in Melbourne, Australia, completed in 1880. It is located at 9 Nicholson Street in the Carlton Gardens, flanked by Victoria, Nicholson, Carlton and Rathdowne Streets, at the north-eastern edge of the central business district. It was built to host the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880-1881 and later hosted the opening of the first Parliament of Australia in 1901. Throughout the 20th century smaller sections and wings of the building were subject to demolition and fire, however the main building, known as the Great Hall, survived.  It received restoration throughout the 1990s and in 2004 became the first building in Australia to be awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, being one of the last remaining major 19th century exhibition buildings in the world. It sits adjacent to the Melbourne Museum and is the largest item in Museum Victoria's collection. Today, the building hosts various exhibitions and other events and is closely tied with events at the Melbourne Museum.

This post is part of the 'Our World Tuesday' meme.

9 comments:

  1. Hi Nick! What a gorgeous building and such interesting history! I'm always glad when bloggers include that type of information as it gives me a chance to learn something new! Superb capture for the day! Hope you have a great weekend!

    Sylvia

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  2. This Great Hall looks very much of its time.
    It looks huge as it is, so I can't imagine what it must have been like before bits of it were lost.

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  3. That's quite the place. I love the fountain in the front!

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  4. It is a gorgeous building, great capture! Have a wonderful week!

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  5. Architecturally stunning - I think we pass this building when travelling between the airport and city centre. Must visit there one day!

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  6. Great shot and love the fountain !
    Greetings from Holland,
    Anna :-))

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