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The Royal Arcade in Melbourne is one of the oldest and historical arcades in Australia. With its grandiose interior and awesome skyline work, this structure remains to be a significant remnant of the Victorian Era during the colonization of Britain. The parcel of land which Royal Arcade is standing today, was then a premier land which was sold for only 20 pounds to Joseph Moore in 1837. After several years, it was purchased on 1855 by Simon Staughton for 650 pounds.

The architectural design of the structure was originally done by Charles Webb, a 19 century English architect, who submitted his architectural piece and won the open competition. During 1869, the construction of Royal Arcade was started. It was completed on May 1870 and was formally opened by Lord Mayor Charles Amess. It opened another entrance door facing Eilzabeth Street on 1902. The ownership of the arcade was with the families of Spensely and Staughton until 1955 when it was opened for bidding. Building renovation was done between 2002 to 2004 to reclaim its lost glory of Victorian Era.

Everyone who came to see the Royal Arcade was in awe and amused, specifically by the two giant statues of Gog and Magog in the fa?ade of the structure. These two mythological characters were the defeated giant evils who served to guard the London when Brutus slain their race. Since 1892, it has become a tradition that Gog?s and Magog?s statues hourly ring the chime which echoed through the streets.

The Renaissance revival ambiance of Royal Arcade attracts shoppers and tourists to never miss this place in Melbourne. Everyone will enjoy shopping from antique jewels to cosmetics, clothes and unique gift shop items. Also, inside the Royal Arcade are food booth, caf? and a tarot reading stall which people will definitely enjoy.
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