For our first Unesco World Heritage site, we are going to Melbourne Australia. From today on, for the next three weeks, we will be exploring various such heritage sites across the world. Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and Australia’s second largest city. Located on the northern end of Port Phillip Bay, this metropolis is sprawling with stylish Victorian-era architecture. Melbourne is popularly known for its rich living history, unique architectural heritage and dynamic cultural scene and although the city is only about 200 years old it does have a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This photo of Royal Exhibition Building is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens – One of the world’s oldest 19th century major exhibition buildings, Royal Exhibition Building and the surrounding Carlton Gardens were the first place in Australia to be declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2004. Located just five minutes away from Fraser Place Melbourne, this world heritage site is just north of Melbourne’s central business district. Designed by Joseph Reed who combined elements from the Byzantine, Romanesque, Lombardic and Italian Renaissance styles, the building with a central dome and expansive galleries was used to house the amazing international exhibitions of 1880 and 1888 in Melbourne. The Royal Exhibition Building attributed its development to the international exhibition movement in the 19th century which led to a surge in the number of exhibitions across the world. Today, the building hosts various trade shows, fairs, cultural and community exhibitions, and other regular events such as the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and is closely linked with events at the Melbourne Museum. Visitors can join the guided tour of the Royal Exhibition Building offered by the adjacent Melbourne Museum on most days at 2pm. The Royal Exhibition Building is located in Carlton Gardens, just north of Melbourne’s CBD.
Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm daily
For your comfortable stay in Melbourne, Fraser Place Melbourne is centrally located in the hub of Melbourne’s entertainment quarter, surrounded by trendy cafes, jazz clubs and a short walk from the heart of the CBD. Featuring 112 stylish Gold Standard serviced apartments, the property offers 3 types of accommodation – Studio Deluxe, Studio Executive and Studio Premier – from which to relax and unwind. With the property right on the free City Circle Tramline, which travels to all major city locations, venturing further afield is a breeze.