Landmarks of Melbourne
Melbourne city has been named the “most liveable city in the world” five times by the Economist Intelligence Unit. It was also officially made the world’s top sports city over the past decade. With such international accolades, it is just as interesting to find out which outstanding landmarks aptly represent this city to the world.
Of the numerous easily recognisable landmarks of Melbourne, which ones are most fascinating to tourists? What are their remarkable physical features, historical or cultural significance?
Here’s a list of six well-known landmarks that have been used as icons on Melbourne postcards, stamps and coins.
Flinders Street Station
Flinders Street Station is the train station located on Flinders and Swanston Streets. It was built in 1909 and became the busiest railway station during the mid 1920s. The main station building is considered a cultural icon. It features a prominent dome, a clock and an arched entrance. This very distinguished landmark in the city is included in the Victorian Heritage Register.
Nearby the Flinders Street Station is the Federation Square. This 3.2 hectare property opened in 2002 to host cultural festivals, performances, art exhibitions, world-class events, concerts, etc. There are also diverse restaurants, bars and cafes for people who want to sample the culinary variety in Melbourne. Fed Square is also a haven for souvenir hunters, film enthusiasts and art lovers.
As the tallest building in Melbourne and the 14th tallest residential building in the world, Eureka Tower surely is a notable landmark in Melbourne. This 975-feet skyscraper, which was opened in 2006, features a glowing tip under the sun and that’s because the glass of the top 10 floors are plated with 24-carat gold. You can also find the highest public viewing platform in all of the Southern Hemisphere in this building — the Eureka Skydeck is on the 88th floor.
Royal Exhibition Building
The Royal Exhibition Building is one of the world’s remaining exhibition pavilions that is reminiscent of the International Exhibition Movement from 1851 to 1914. UNESCO awarded to it the World Heritage Status in 2004. It was initially built to host the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880, but in 1901, it housed the first Commonwealth Parliament of Australia. Today, the Great Hall and galleries continue to be the venue of trade exhibitions and cultural events.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Popularly called ‘The G’ to Melburnians and cricketing fans all over the world, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of the most important landmarks in the city. It is the home of the Australian Cricket and the Australian Football League. It is the venue of historical sporting events like the 1956 Olympics and 2006 Commonwealth Games. Concerts of popular artists, including Madonna and Rolling Stones, were also held here.
Shrine of Remembrance
This most iconic landmark honors the sacrifice of Victoria’s men and women who fought during the Great War of 1914-1918. This war memorial was built between 1928 to 1934 on an elevated area within a 13-hectare beautiful parkland. As the largest and most visited national memorial in Victoria, the Shrine of Remembrance also preserves the memory of the successive generations of valiant men and women in the history of Australia.