City Centre In Sydney
Martin place is the bustling newer city centerin Sydney, while a few blocks away the historical town hall and queen victoria building are the old center.
Martin Place is the civic center of Sydney. Many of the monumental and impressive buildings of finance and business can be found here, as well as the impressive columned Victorian post office. From Macquarie Street to George Street this area houses many fountains, public seating and an amphitheater that frequently hold lunch time entertainment.
City Centre is a blend of new and old that is Sydney's trademark. The older city center can be found just a few blocks south of Martin Place.
Town Hall remains one of Sydneysiders' favorite meeting places. It is built of local sandstone and was constructed between 1868, when the foundation stone was laid, and 1889. Town Hall houses a magnificent wood lined concert hall and one of the finest pipe organs in the world. Centennial Hall with its superior zinc coffered ceilings is host to the organ, consisting of more than 8,500 pipes. This organ was the largest of its kind in the world for ten years after it was installed. It is still being used for recitals, concerts, balls and dances.
St. Andrews's Cathedral is located next to the Town Hall. It was built around the same time period and is the oldest Anglican Cathedral in Australia. Visitors may want to stop in on a Thursday at lunch time and hear the impressive free organ recital.
Another awe-inspiring building located across from Town Hall is the Byzantine Queen Victoria Building. This structure takes up one full city block and is filled with some of the finest and most unusual shops in the city. The building itself is worth seeing, three grand floors of beautiful shops, antique stained glass windows and many displays are noted. There is a display depicting some of the royal crown jewels and one in which a full size jade marriage carriage is displayed.
The QVB was built in 1898 to replace the original Sydney Markets, it has been the City Library, hosted municipal buildings and was remodeled in 1984 as a shopping center. The charm of the building has been maintained and the building has a series of domes with sumptuous stained glass windows. One of the chief attractions is a magnificent hanging clock that on the hour shows a mechanical moving panorama of the history of the British kings and queens.
An enchanting place to stop for a drink or something to eat is the Marble Bar located in the Sydney Hilton Hotel at Pitt Street. This bar was built in 1893 and was originally part of the Tatterstall's Hotel. Its opulence was inspired by the 15th Century Italian Renaissance and is full of the glitz of the era. The bar was moved piece by piece into the Hilton in 1973 under the watchful eye of the National Trust. Fine examples of Italian, Belgian and African marble as well as American walnut counters and stained pictorial glass frames can be seen here.
City center is a bustling area of history and finance, a section of the city not to be missed.