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15 Architectural 'Wonders' of Sydney

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by glenop (subscribe)
So much to see...so little time to see it all.
Published November 26th 2012
Sydney's amazing architectual wonders from around the world
Sydney has some of the world's most admired and acclaimed architecture. The Sydney Opera House is widely acknowledged as one of the seven modern wonders of the world.

But Sydney isn't just renowned for its contemporary architecture. There are a surprising number of visually striking buildings around Sydney that have been inspired or influenced by some of the world's classic architectural styles. OK, they might not all be brilliantly constructed architectual masterpeices...but they are pretty impressive.

So check out this list of 15 of some of the architectural 'wonders' of the world I've found, right here in Sydney.

The former Nineveh Club at Edensor Park

Former Nineveh Club, Edensor Park

This replica ancient Assyrian royal palace in Edensor Park is certainly a head turner. It was once the home of the Nineveh Assyrian Club but is now an Assyrian college. Built in faux mud brick, it wouldn't be out of place on the banks of the Tigres River somewhere in northern Iraq circa 800 BC. Standing guard at the entrance are two winged bull statues consisting of the body of a lion, the head of an Assyrian king and the wings of an eagle.

Address: 673 Smithfield Road, Edensor Park.



Khemarangsaram Cambodian Buddhist Temple,

Vat Khemarangsaram Cambodian Buddhist Temple, Bonnyrigg

Completed in 1998, the Cambodian Khemarangsaram temple is typical of traditional Khmer Buddhist architecture. Set high on a hill, it is hard to miss its glittering ornate gilded roof and impressive column telamons. It is an incongruous sight surrounded by the Bonnyrigg shopping centre car park and a Bunnings store.

Address: 68 Tarlington Parade, Bonnyrigg.



Gallipoli Mosque

Gallipoli Mosque, Auburn

The Ottoman-style Gallipoli Mosque takes me back to my tour of Turkey where this design is common place throughout the country and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul probably its finest example. Ottoman mosques are distinguished by their large central dome and supporting tall thin minarets. The Gallipoli mosque was finally completed in 1999 and took a painstaking 23 years to complete due to a lack of funds.

Address:15-19 Gelibolu Parade, Auburn.



NSW Conservatorium of Music

NSW Conservatorium of Music, Sydney

Reminiscent of a medieval English castle, the Conservatorium of Music's main building was originally built as the stables for Sydney's Government House. Designed by former convict architect Francis Greenway in 1815, the 'defensive walls' and turrets of the stables are surely one of the most impressive examples of early colonial architecture in Sydney.

Address: Cnr Bridge & Macquarie Streets, Sydney.



NSW Art Gallery

NSW Art Gallery, Sydney

It's easy to take the familiar sight of the imposing Classical Greek temple fašade of the NSW Art Gallery for granted. It does however remain one of the most impressive and striking classical pieces of architecture in Sydney. Designed by government architect Walter Vernon and opened in 1897, the Art gallery trustees demanded a classical temple to art and Vernon duly delivered a suitable fašade with its neo classical portico and six Ionic columns.

Address: The Domain, Sydney.




Wat Phrayortkeo Dhammayanaram Lao Buddhist Temple

Wat Phrayortkeo Dhammayanaram Lao Buddhist Temple, Edensor Park

This beautiful traditional Lao temple was completed and consecrated in 1993. Its design is based on the Golden City temple in Laos, one of the countries most significant and important Buddhist structures. The curved roof and staircases are decorated with golden dragons that protect it from evil. The temple houses a large three metre high golden Buddha weighing some 800 kilograms.

Address:711-715 Smithfield Road Edensor Park.




Russian Old Orthodox Church of the Holy Annunciation - Assumption

Russian Old Orthodox Church of the Holy Annunciation - Assumption, Lidcombe

This dazzling and highly ornamented Russian Orthodox Church shines like a beacon on drab Vaughan Street Lidcombe. With its glittering golden domes, this is very much an authentic looking replica of a traditional Russian church.

Address: 61 Vaughan Street Lidcombe.



German Austrian Club

German Austrian Club, Cabramatta

The bizarre sight of a large Bavarian farm house next to the railway line in suburban Cabramatta still mesmerizes me every time my train passes by. Traditional Bavarian architecture is very distinctive, but here in Cabramatta, stunningly unique. The clubhouse is authentically constructed with two storeys made of wood and decorated with brightly coloured geraniums.

Address: 75 Curtin Street Cabramatta.




The Mingyue Lay Buddhist Temple

The Mingyue Lay Buddhist Temple, Bonnyrigg

This grand Buddhist temple complex is a classical 12th century Chinese design and a fine example of Buddhist Mahayana tradition. Set in beautifully maintained grounds, the main shrine houses some 37 bronzed Buddha's from Thailand and celebrates Buddhism, Taoism and Zen.

Address: 654 Cabramatta Road, Bonnyrigg.



The Grand Bazaar Trash and Treasure Markets


The Grand Bazaar Trash and Treasure Markets, Horningsea Park

Looking like it's part royal Indian palace, part mosque, the intriguing looking administration building at the entrance of the Grand Bazaar Trash and Treasure Markets is a peculiar sight set amongst the new housing estate at Horningsea Park. Inside the markets is a food court housed in a similar smaller scale building.

Address: 1895 Camden Valley Way, Horningsea Park.




Holland House

Holland House, Smithfield

Hidden away in the backstreets of a Smithfield industrial estate opposite a field of Asian market gardeners is the unlikely sight of a large gabled Dutch house. Looking like it should be part of a Dutch theme park; this is the home of Holland House, an oasis of all things Dutch. Unfortunately it's all a fašade rather than a great piece of architecture, but hey, it's a striking, character oozing sight none the less.

Address: 85 Market Street Smithfield.




Collingwood Hotel

Collingwood Hotel, Liverpool

The English Tudor style half timbered Collingwood Hotel has been serving beer to weary travellers on the Hume Highway just out of Liverpool since 1888. It has though, not always been of Tudor design. The original Collingwood looked more like a typical inner Sydney Victorian two storey townhouse. The mock Tudor fašade was not added until the 1930s.

Address
: 321 Hume Highway, Liverpool.




Murugan Hindu Temple

Murugan Hindu Temple, May's Hill

This eye-catching temple on the Great Western Highway is worthy of more than a side-ways glance from your car. Complete in 1997, this magnificent Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga, a popular deity amongst Tamils. Richly decorated with a multitude of idols, this temple is one of the most treasured Hindu temples in Australia.

Address
: 217 Great Western Highway, Mays Hill.




Phuoc Hue Budhist Monastery Pagoda

Phuoc Hue Budhist Monastery Pagoda, Wetherill Park

The sight of a seven-storey Buddhist pagoda while driving along Victoria Street in Wetherill Park is quite unexpected. Standing atop a hill on the grounds of the Phuoc Hue Buddhist Monastery , the Pagoda is based on a famous pagoda in Vietnam, the seven storeys symbolizing the nature of Buddhism. A three metre high Maitreya Buddha sits smiling at its base.

Address: 365 Victoria Street, Wetherill Park.




Botanical Gardens Pyramid

Botanical Gardens Pyramid, Sydney

How a Pyramid became the chosen shape of the Sydney Botanical Gardens tropical centre escapes me but the impressive large glass Egyptian pharaonic like edifice is certainly an arresting sight in the middle of Sydney.

Address: Botanical Gardens Sydney (at the rear of NSW Conservatorium of Music)




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Great article, heavily dominated by the amazing architecture inspired by some of the world's great religions. No Skyscrapers though?
by Shannon Meyerkort (score: 3|1783) 2157 days ago
What a delightful yet bizarre collection of buildings Glenop!
A rather catholic collection that I would not have expected to find.
Thanks for sharing it
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11027) 2156 days ago
Fascinating! I had no clue that half of those places existed in Sydney - thanks so much for sharing.
by ROF (score: 2|313) 1819 days ago
I really enjoyed reading your article where you have accumulated a wealth of information for others to benefit from. Thank you. i will try to visit a few of these buildings when I am in Sydney next time.
by Happy Mom (score: 2|548) 1824 days ago
great pictures!
by Helenonthesofa (score: 2|661) 2149 days ago
Cheers Tara... I cheated with the Dutch house, I'm of Dutch extraction so it been a haunt for yonks.
by glenop (score: 2|823) 2150 days ago
I have relatives out West and we often drive past those things - it's great to see them all together. Love it!
by Lydia C. Lee (score: 2|642) 2154 days ago
I'm personally loving how many of these features reside in Fairfield! So many right on my doorstep! I've never even seen the Dutch house, how did you find it?
by Tara Sing (score: 2|103) 2151 days ago
Great article and good concept for spending a couple of weekends exploring new parts of Sydney and taking interesting photos like these. Thanks for sharing.
by ozcanoz (score: 0|4) 2155 days ago
Living in Faifirld area for more than 35 years. Driving pass a lot do this places and haven't really made any notice until reading your article. Thanks!
by sueso (score: 0|2) 1459 days ago
The glass pyramid was pulled down 2 tears ago.its now a glas calyx
by rmil6 (score: 1|30) 411 days ago
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