That's the way it is

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UploadedMarch 2, 2010
TakenMarch 22, 2009
MakeNikon
ModelCOOLPIX P90
Exposure10/31 sec at f/4.5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length4.6 mm
ISO100
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The Queen Victoria Building, now affectionately known as the QVB, was designed by George McRae and completed in 1898, replacing the original Sydney markets on the site. Built as a monument to the long reigning monarch, construction took place in dire times, as Sydney was in a severe recession.

The elaborate Romanesque architecture was specially planned for the grand building so the Government could employ many out-of-work craftsmen – stonemasons, plasterers, and stained window artists – in a worthwhile project. Originally, a concert hall, coffee shops, offices, showrooms, warehouses and a wide variety of tradespeople, such as tailors, mercers, hairdressers and florists, were accommodated.

The QVB fills an entire city block bound by George, Market, York and Druitt Streets. The dominant feature is the mighty centre dome, consisting of an inner glass dome and an exterior copper- sheathed dome. Glorious stained glass windows and splendid architecture endure throughout the building and an original 19th century staircase sits alongside the dome

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  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols   said (2 Mar 2010):

    The QVB looks like an extraordinary place. Beautiful architectural detail and you've captured it so wonderfully. Thanks for sharing.

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