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Queen Victoria Building7
Why locals love it
She's the extravagant heart of the city. Her stained glass windows shine a capitalist rainbow over an entire city block. And her thick Romanesque columns lend classical order to one's retail therapy. Can you believe she was almost demolished once? To be replaced by a car park! Thank the shopping gods that locals fought to keep her safe.
Why you should visit it
Since being completed in 1898 she's gone through dozens of changes, hosting everything from a concert hall, coffee shops, warehouses, tailors, hairdressers, florists, clairvoyants and even Sydney City Council. Nowadays she's all about high fashion, high tea, and once you hit the basement level, some high style at low prices.
There are two mechanical clocks on the top floor (both feature theatrical dioramas - moving figures from moments in history) that chime on the hour.