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From Queen Victoria Building to St. Andrew's Cathedral

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Microbiologist-turned-homemaker, she is a foodie with a flair for cooking. An avid traveller and voracious reader, she also loves to paint and indulges in photography.
Published May 5th 2015
Eat, Pray, Shop outside Town Hall Station

On any given day, the length of George Street outside Town Hall Station is as busy as it could get. Technological and Financial Giants stand silent guard on either side with shopping outlets, car parks and residential apartments poking their heads here and there to take a sneak peak at the constant stream of humans. Right here, tucked away safely in the very heart of Sydney, nestled amidst the protective gaze of the giants are three historical gems- Queen Victoria Building, the Town Hall and St. Andrew's Cathedral.

The Town Hall Area (image courtesy Chetan Prusty)
The Town Hall Area (image courtesy Chetan Prusty)


QVB: You can call it a fashionista's hub; a high tea aficionado's favourite; or a photographer's attraction. Whether to escape the cacophony of the streets or to enjoy a hot beverage in quiet solitude (the higher you go, the quieter it gets), Queen Victoria Building is the place to be. Housed inside the Neo-Romanesque architecture are fine restaurants, high-end fashion outlets, designer boutiques, cosmetics stores, numerous cafes and the Hobbyco flagship store.

Adorning the Hallway, hanging at intervals, are two magnificent clocks, each depicting scenes from the past and reminding visitors of the time they are enjoying. Walking amongst the spiralling staircases, vividly coloured walls (the outcome of a recent facelift) and richly ornate Victorian styled arches, columns and balustrades is such a pleasant experience that one never gets enough of QVB and coming back again and again becomes a habit, even if just to window-shop or for idling around.

North and South Entrances of Queen Victoria Building (image courtesy Chetan Prusty)
North and South Entrances of Queen Victoria Building (image courtesy Chetan Prusty)


West and East Entrances of QVB (image courtesy Chetan Prusty)
East and West Entrances of QVB (image courtesy Chetan Prusty)


The Dome and Floor of QVB (image courtesy Chetan Prusty)
The Dome and Floor of QVB (image courtesy Chetan Prusty)


Ornate work inside QVB (image courtesy Chetan Prusty)
Ornate work inside QVB (image courtesy Chetan Prusty)


Shops in Queen Victoria Building (image courtesy Chetan Prusty)
Shops in Queen Victoria Building (image courtesy Chetan Prusty)


The Majestic Clocks inside QVB (image courtesy Chetan Prusty)
The Majestic Clocks inside QVB (image courtesy Chetan Prusty)


Town Hall: Punctuating the stretch of QVB on the southern side is the Sydney Town Hall. The sandstone structure is the seat of the Sydney City Council and houses a wide collection of civic records, paintings, portraits, various memorabilia and international gifts. The Centennial Hall of this Victorian style building is home to the largest pipe organ in the world, called the Grand Organ. Town Hall plays host to multiple events around the year and guided tours are conducted on demand for the general public. More information about the tours can be accessed here.

Sydney Town Hall
Sydney Town Hall


St. Andrew's Cathedral: Accompanying the Town Hall stands the Cathedral Church of Andrew the Apostle. It belongs to the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. Designed on the Gothic style, the cathedral enshrines the Great Bible. Daily services are held including healing services - further information can be found at www.SydneyHeal.com. For the daily schedules visit here.

St. Andrew's Cathedral (image courtesy Chetan Prusty)
St. Andrew's Cathedral (image courtesy Chetan Prusty)


The Town Hall surrounding has something for everyone. On the northern end of QVB, Market Street leads towards Sydney Tower Eye on the East and further down on George Street, beyond St. Andrew's Cathedral, lies Event Cinemas and World Square flanked by eateries of every possible Asian nationality. Hence, without further delay, plan a day of walking, eating, praying and shopping on George Street outside Town Hall Station. Hope you enjoy yourself to the fullest.
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