on January 20, 2001
The Queen Victoria Building has been described by Pierre Cardin as "The most beautiful shopping centre in the world." I concur. Even if you hate to shop, the famous QVB is worth seeing. This is a huge Romanesque building covering an entire city block. It first opened in 1898, but was allowed to deteriorate in the 1930's. It reopened in 1986 with all its Byzantine splendor restored: tall arches, intricate tile, magnificent stained-glass windows, grand columns, & a unique clock that displays scenes of English history on the hour. You just gotta see it.
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