173/366 [Victorian Fantasy]

Royal Arcade

The Royal Arcade in central Melbourne is the oldest retail arcade in Australia. The land was bought in 1837 and a competition to design the building was held in 1868. It was opened by the Lord Mayor in 1870. At the far end is a beautiful black clockface with gold roman numerals and on either side stand the vibrantly coloured figures of Gog and Magog. They move out from their niches and strike the hour. They were silenced at one stage after complaints about the noise but they are back in full chime nowadays. The arcade has an elcletic range of shops – antique jewellers, cosmetics and perfumes, confectionary, clothing and chocolate. It has retained its elegant and charming ornamentation and always reminds me of a more sedate and pretty time. When I walk along it I always feel as if I should be wearing gloves and carrying a parasol.


~ by korechronicles on June 21, 2008.

2 Responses to “173/366 [Victorian Fantasy]”

  1. That is one of my favourite places. As soon as I saw the photo I though OH another nice place like the Royal Arcade… then smailed again and said “nope, just the same great one.”

  2. Gorgeous photo!


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