Melbourne Ancient Greece Tour

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How has the philosophy, culture  and arts of ancient and modern Greece inspired Melbourne’s architecture, design and livability?   Our walking tour visits significant buildings, places and infrastructure to examines their history, importance and contribution to the city and their influence by Hellenic culture. 


Some examples of Hellenic influenced places in Melbourne are:

Melbourne GPO 2001, after fire

Melbourne GPO 2001, after fire

 The Shrine of Remembrance is based on the Mausoleum of Halicarnasos, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

 The Main Hall of the Old Customs House (now the Immigration Museum) is an inside-out version of the Erechtheon, a temple near the Parthenon in Athens.

Greek Centre for  Contemporary Culture, Lonsdale Street and Discobulus the Discus Thrower.

Nicholas Buildings 27-41 Swanston Street Date of construction: 1925-26, 1939-40 The Nicholas Building is the most distinctive commercial palazzo in Melbournewith classical and Greek revival elements The Nicholas Building currently accommodates many art, lierature, gallery and crafts studios .

Statues: Chronos, God of Time, Royal Arcade; The Pathfinder, (Hammer Thrower,  QV Gardens.

 The Former Port of Melbourne Authority Building is of architectural significance as one of the most accomplished examples in Melbourne of 20th century Beaux-Arts-influenced Greek Revival architecture.

The GPO is composed of three layers of Doric, Corinthian and Ionic architecture.

The Former Mail Exchange is of architectural significance as a major example of the early work of the Commonwealth Department of Works and its first chief architect, J.S. Murdoch. The building is a distinguished example of beaux-arts classical design, and its Greek flavour was ten years ahead of Melbourne’s mainstream Modern Greek revival.

Olympic Park, Olympic Blvd, Melbourne VIC 3000..

Argus Building, Elizabeth Street, Beaux Arts.

Athenaum, Collins Street is a club, library, theatre and art centre inspired by the sanctuary of Athena at Athens 7th century BC which was frequented by poets and scholars.

Nonda Katsilidis the Greek architect is one of Melbourne’s most influential architects through landmark buildings such as Eureka , Phoenix, Republic Tower, and many others.

 The Greek Precinct is in Melbourne on Lonsdale Street showcases many Greek businesses and is the home of the annual Antipodes Festival.

Greek cultural contributions include
Olympic Games;

Hippocratic Oath;
Philosophy e.g Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, Pythagoras;
Ionian, Doric and Corinthian architectural styles;
Theatre styles e.g drama, comedy, tragedy, tragicomedy;
Literary classics e.g Iliad & Odyssey, myths, fables, poetry and mythology;
Early public libraries;
Inventions including Geometry, Libraries, Anchor,  Alarm Clock, Automatic Doors, Cement, Central Heating: Clock Tower, Coin money, Crane, Lighthouse, Maps, Odometer, Plumbing, Sinks, Showers, Spiral Staircases, Steam Engines, Surveying tools, Thermometer, Urban Planning, Vending Machines, Olympics and Water Mill.


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