Queen Victoria Goes Shopping


Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is one of those buildings I’ve heard about, but never Googled before visiting Sydney. This Victorian Romanesque shopping mall was constructed in the late 1890s, and despite what its name suggests, has nothing much to do with the British monarchy. It first started out to provide craftsmen and tradesmen a place to ply their wares and services, and even contained a library and offices at one time. In 1986, it underwent restoration to become one of the historic buildings in central Sydney.

One interesting thing about the mall are the two large clocks. This particular one is known as the “Royal Clock” and displays rotating dioramas of English royalty back in the old days. One scene even shows the beheading of Charles I. Pretty hilarious stuff. Check out the video from youtube – the diorama starts at the 5 minute mark.


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