Thursday, 24 November 2011

IN ROYAL ARCADE - "ON SALE"

Royal Arcade is a heritage shopping arcade in the City of Melbourne.  Originally constructed in 1869, the arcade connects Little Collins Street to the Bourke Street Mall, with a perpendicular passage running to Elizabeth Street in the west. It also connects to the smaller Hub Arcade near the Little Collins Street end. Originally designed by Charles Webb, the arcade features a high glass roof and windowed stores. At the south end, the arcade features effigies of mythical figures Gog and Magog and a clock which chimes each hour. The arcade was restored between 2002-04 which resulted in additional natural light and consistency of the shopfronts. It is a magnificent Victorian era arcade, listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. In addition, Melbourne's Golden Mile heritage walk runs through the arcade. Along with Melbourne's other arcade, the Block Arcade, and Melbourne's lanes, it is a tourist icon of the city. Royal Arcade is famous for its fashion stores as well as specialty stores such as tarot card reading store and quirky fashion boutiques, jewellery shops, cafés and luxury goods shops.

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11 comments:

  1. These beautiful old arcades are awesome. It's a shame we didn't preserve more of them.

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  2. Welcome to the CDP community, its always good to see a new face from across the World. Here in the city where I live we too have several Victorian arcades, but as J Bar said it is a pity we lost some. Paul at Leeds in Yorkshire daily photo

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  3. It looks beautiful; reminds me a bit of the Victoria shopping mall in Sydney!

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  4. Nice shot, excellent light and color, nice decor to attract customers.

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  5. We don't have any arcades where I am - love the idea (seems better than a shopping mall)

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  6. What a lovely shopping arcade with an old world feel!

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  7. And it's all decked out for Christmas! I've walked through this arcade Nick and it's a real treasure.

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  8. What a wonderful escape this feels to be.

    Please have a good Friday.

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  9. It reminds me of the arcades I saw in London this fall. It is so elegantly decorated.

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  10. Lovely arcade, must be a pleasure to window shop!

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  11. Oh how wonderful! I'd love to do my Christmas shopping in a place like that!

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