Melbourne Greek Tour

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How did the philosophy and culture of Ancient Greece inspire Melbourne’s Buildings? Our tour visits significant buildings and examines their history, importance and contribution to the city and their influence by Greek culture.

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, built in the middle of the fourth century B.C.; the shrine’s portico is similar in design to the Parthenon in Athens (though it has less sculpture and colour than the Parthenon originally had); you can see all of the different optical illusions on this building.
 

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.

Nicholas Buildings 27-41 Swanston Street Date of construction: 1925-26, 1939-40 The Nicholas Building is the most distinctive commercial palazzo in Melbourne. The building has many classical and Greek revival elements such as large columns, balconies, wide cornice, marble stairs and tiled corridors. The facade is clad with terracotta faience. The cathedral arcade is located on the ground floor and its glazed leadlight barrel vaultedceiling is a main feature of the building. The Nicholas Building was originally used as offices and currently accommodates many art studios.

 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.

Argus Building, Elizabeth Street, Beaux Arts.

Nonda Katsilidis the Greek architect is one of Melbourne’s most influential architects through landmark buildings such as Eureka 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.

How long: Normally 2.5 hours or a period that suits you.
Cost: $55 each up to 5 persons;  $39 each if you organise 6-10 persons; $25 each for organising more than 10 persons.  Discounts for special needs groups.
School groups: $300 (half day/one class) – $450 (whole day/2 classes) depending on how many classes and students. Seek a quote. If the cost is a problem, talk to us!
Bookings: 0408894723; 0390907964; melbwalks@gmail.com

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