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The Queen Victoria Building in the Centre of Sydney, NSW, Australia is a busy shopping complex with a difference. Rather than a new purpose built construction, it indeed has a long history which can be seen in the wonderful stained glass windows, mosaic tiling and railings along balustrades and curving staircases.

To quote from one of the many websites on the historic building:
The Queen Victoria Building, also known as the QVB, has been described by fashion designer, Pierre Cardin as “the most beautiful shopping centre in the world”. It is both a magnificent historical landmark and a shopping paradise.
The Romanesque Revival building, which occupies an entire city block bound by George, Market, York and Druitt Streets, was built in 1898 by the architect George McRae to replace the original Sydney Markets. Later, it accommodated a concert hall, which eventually became the City Library. The building was remodelled in the 1930s and used for different purposes, including municipal offices. In 1984 it was completely refurbished as a shopping centre, with more than 200 shops.
Inside, the building consists of four main shopping floors, the top three pierced by voids protected by decorated cast-iron railings. Much of the tilework, especially under the central dome, is original, and the remainder is in keeping with this style.

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