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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Melbourne Overview

Atop a horseshoe shaped port sits Melbourne, one of the most amazing cities in the world. The vast number of museums, galleries and theaters are testimony to the fact that Melbourne is also the most cultured city in Australia. It’s also Australia’s shopping capital and a mecca of unique and interesting attractions.
Melbourne boasts magnificent Victorian style architecture and beautiful green spaces. It’s also recognized as a sporting center and the host of important world events. It’s the second largest city in Australia and the capital of Victoria.

A famous English journalist once called Melbourne, “Marvelous Melbourne,” and the city slowly rose to his expectations. Throughout the 20th Century, Melbourne grew to be the site of development with elegant mansions, beautiful restaurants, and tall buildings. A great example of Melbourne’s growth and modernization is the Rialto Towers office building. It’s the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s a great place to take in the magnificent views of the city and Dandenong Ranges. On a clear day you can see all the way to Port Phillip Bay.

The weather in Melbourne is quite pleasant, making it a great destination all year round. It enjoys moderate summers and cool short winters.

Melbourne has something for everyone. You can spend the day visiting museums and galleries. These museums pay homage to the people of Melbourne, their rich and long history as well as important events. One of the most visited is the Immigration Museum, which relates the history of people who have migrated to Victoria since the 1800s. Melbourne galleries proudly display the works of art of local talent, as well as creations by renowned Victorian artists.

The Victorian Arts Center is one of Melbourne’s most important landmarks and evidence that Melbourne is truly a patron of the arts. This large center is the venue of the Australian Opera and Ballet, as well as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The Center is also home to a concert hall, an arts complex and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Beautiful churches and cathedrals also add to the city’s character. St. Peter’s church is recognized for its historical importance. It’s said that Melbourne was declared a city from the steps of this ancient church.

But outside of being a city of great architecture and important landmarks, it’s a city of beautiful parks and gardens. It’s a city with conservation and nature sanctuaries.

And if you’re looking for Australia’s shopping capital, you’ve found it. Melbourne is home to incredibly large malls and wonderful specialty shops. In the center of the city, you’ll find the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere as well as modern and ancient arcades.

In Melbourne, you’ll find thousands of restaurants to choose from. A fun new rave for dining is the theme dinner theaters; the most popular ones, to name a few, are Dracula and Titanic. You can also go back in time and dine aboard a restored train carriage and see part of railway history.
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