Royal Exhibition Building

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Royal Exhibition Building
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The Royal Exhibition Building is one of the world's oldest remaining exhibition pavilions. On 1 July 2004, it became the first building in Australia to achieve a World Heritage listing. Located in Carlton Gardens, the pavilion was originally completed in 1880 for the first of two international fairs hosted by Melbourne. On May 1st, 1901, the initial Commonwealth Parliament was held here, an event commemorated in 2001, the centenary of Australian Federation. Today, with its meticulously restored interior, expansive galleries and soaring dome, the Great Hall offers an impressive setting for trade shows, fairs and cultural and community events.
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Neighborhood: Lygon Street
If you want real parmesan, cut from the block, grated over your pasta with a twist of style, this is the place. Until recently, this neighborhood was home to the notorious ‘Carlton Crew,’ a pseudo mafia who started their day with a local espresso. They are gone, but the espresso still runs strong in this Little Italy which has something for everyone. Starched white tablecloths, candles, pizza the way they do it "back home" and maybe even a bit of amore. The number of gelato choices will leave you in a state of indecision and wide footpaths, big awnings and a sea of packed tables makes this al fresco dining experience a continental buzz. Even if you’re not eating, it’s worth the stroll just for the people-watching, which, of course, is an Italian tradition.
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CathyGri
Newark-on-Trent, UK286 contributions
Constructed for the Great Exhibition in the 19th century, this building is of a feat of architecture. It is not always open to the public but the day we visited Melbourne Museum, you could pay for a guided tour of the Royal Exhibition Building in the afternoon. Well worth a visit. The building houses exhibitions periodically so worth checking the calendar of events.
Written February 18, 2020
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Barbara McGovern
Brisbane, Australia18 contributions
2 day visit to Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show - great to see it return - the building is splendid and the addition of the floral displays adds to the excitement of the event. Very disappointed to view the flag on top of the building in such a deteriorated condition - the Australian flag on any public building needs to honour what it represents. This torn and tattered flag was a distraction to the grandeur of the building.
Written April 10, 2022
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia11,607 contributions
My wife and I entered this magnificent Historical Building to visit the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2022. Many years ago, I have been inside this Building a few times to sit for post graduate examinations. During winter, it gets very cold inside this Building.

There is an ambience of grandeur with the painted murals, the domed ceilings and the architectural beauty of the place.
Written April 4, 2022
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roy v
Traralgon, Australia4,230 contributions
A few days ago while in Melbourne I spent time walking around this magnificent exhibition building and enjoying the fantastic gardens .
The gardens are so well looked after and it is soo peaceful to stroll around enjoying the trees. Garden beds , lakes and fantastic fountains.
The building with the big dome stands out from a long way away .
It is a must place to visit when in town, while I was there a bride and groom were having their wedding photos done , a great spot for that sort of thing .
Written August 12, 2022
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701David
Fitzroy, Australia818 contributions
The Royal Exhibition Building is a unique example of outstanding Victorian architecture set within a beautiful open garden. The fine detailed painting which adorns the interior is stunning and well maintained. Its a must visit site when in Melbourne.
Written March 2, 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,975 contributions
The Melbourne International Exhibition, held in 1880 was intended to display Victoria's prodigous wealth, derived from the Great Australian Gold Rush.. The Exhibition Building, constructed between 1879 - 1880, is one of the few intact Exhibition Buildings from this era, and thus won its UNESCO Heritage listing. Another international exhibition was held later, all funded by Victoria's gold, It's a magnificent building, have a look inside if you are able.
Written March 7, 2022
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland23,666 contributions
End of November 2019 was a bit too early for visiting the first building of Australia to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, together with the adjoining Carlton Gardens. Thus there was quite a bit of scaffolding on the façade and the interior closed. Walking around it I could still get an impression of this magnificent 'Palace of Industry' from Victorian times, constructed for the International Exhibition in 1880.

Due to the work going on there were quite a few provisional information boards around to give an idea of the history of the building and about the changes that are being made like the re-opening of the Dome's Promenade, which will then offer great vistas over the city. The dome itself was definitely inspired by the Florentine Renaissance and it was designed, like the whole building, by the Cornish architect Joseph Reed, who at a young age had come to Melbourne, where he then was responsible for some of the most outstanding constructions of the city: besides the Royal Exhibition Building also the Town Hall and the State Library of Victoria.

To the south are the Exhibition Fountain and the Carlton Gardens South, while to the north is the modern Melbourne Museum, followed by Carlton Gardens North. The Exhibition Building was made 'Royal' only 100 years after its opening, when in 1980 Princess Alexandra unveiled a plaque', wherein her first cousin, Queen Elizabeth II had bestowed this title to this Melbourne landmark.
Written February 3, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia40,315 contributions
The magnificent Royal Exhibition Building dates to the late 19th century and is one of a very few remaining similar buildings. Its architecture, as well as size, is absolutely stunning. It is heritage listed and is used to host trade shows, fairs, cultural and other important events. It is located in the lovely Carlton Gardens and is next to the Melbourne Museum.
Written April 30, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,975 contributions
The Royal Exhibition Building is 150 metres (500 feet) long, making itf the largest heritage building in Australia. It ws built in 1879-80 for the Melborne International Exhibition, which was a showpiece for the wealth gold had brought to Victoria. The Centennial Exhibition in 1888 was even larger. The opening of the first sitting of Commonwealth Parliament was held here in 1901. Its an impresssive buidling and is still in frequent use today. The Royal Exhibition is to the north-east of the CBD, it easily accessible by public transport.
Written June 7, 2020
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KarenM1_10
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan770 contributions
We took the City Circle Tram and then walked to get to this building. It was quiet a distance from our hotel and frankly not worth the trip. The building is beautiful and we saw a portion of the interior. However, when we were there they had an old car show that was taking place and had no interest in paying the admission. If you decide to visit, take a look at their calendar of events to determine what will be taking place when you visit. Keep in mind that it may take some time for the Tram to circle back for the return trip.
Written April 11, 2020
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