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Royal Arcade and Block Arcade (Central Melbourne)




The Royal Arcade was the first arcade in Melbourne and is the longest-standing arcade in Australia. Its historical significance is profound and underpinned by the fact that, as a significant Victorian era building, it is part of the Victorian Heritage Register.

In 1868, a major competition was held for the design of the Royal Arcade. The winning entry was by Mr Charles Webb, a 19th Century architect from Suffolk, England. His successful design was in the Italianate style, drawing on influential French and English models demonstrating essential qualities of those traditional styles.

The most striking feature of the arcade is the magnificent Gaunt’s Clock which is flanked either side by two giant statues of the mythical figures of Gog and Magog. Since 1892, these mammoth statues have struck chimes at every hour, and are still heard today resounding throughout the arcade. Several myths surround Gog and Magog, including one where they were guards of the underworld and gods of dark spirits. As the prophecy goes, once when Gog and Magog return to war, the war will end.

The arcade also features another symbolic statue, Chronos, a Greek mythological character known as Father Time.

In 1958 the Royal Arcade set a record for the highest price ever paid for real estate in the central city when it was sold at auction for £541,000.

More recently, the ageing Royal Arcade was refurbished and restored to its former glory during 2002 – 2004, with extensive work on skylights and storefronts.

The Block Arcade is a heritage shopping arcade in the central business district of Melbourne. It is located at 282 Collins Street.

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Parents will enjoy the beautiful architecture and the whole family can enjoy Gog and Magog striking on the hour. The Block Arcade is nearby and has some elegant shops.

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