Saturday, 21 December 2013

CHRISTMAS IN THE ROYAL ARCADE

Royal Arcade is a heritage shopping arcade in the central business district of Melbourne, Victoria. 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 significant 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.

This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the Weekly TopShot meme,
and also part of the Scenic Weekends meme.






6 comments:

  1. Gog and Magog are here:

    http://melbournedaily.blogspot.com.au/2011/12/gog-and-magog-in-royal-arcade.html

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  2. Wow! You got some good shots of the shopping arcade. Well done!

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  3. wonderful reflections! wishing you joy and peace:-)

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  4. NIce shots. My favourite is the first one, it makes me want to go to Melbourne!

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  5. It looks quite like the Passage de la Pommeraye, in Nantes... Great sharing !

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