Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Byzantine Beauty.....!


Dinosaurs aside, this building is so big it's impossible to show it all in one hit! The older parts of the museum consist of the Jubilee Building above, built in the Victorian Byzantine style and opened in 1897, and the old Perth Gaol (up to the left) built in 1854, after the last prisoner was sent packing down to Fremantle in 1888 it was known as the Geological Museum before officially becoming the Western Australian Museum in 1897 (there's a super panoramic view on the this link).
This fabulous staircase leading up to the original museum is no longer used, such a shame, I think as youngsters it would have been terribly exciting climbing up these steps to see strange and exciting things don't you agree! The two older buildings are adjoined by the more modern glass entrance below. Even though we're in the middle of winter you can see from the glare spots there's a lot of sunshine around, still chilly but not complaining about that! The museum is part of the Perth Cultural Centre which I'll follow on with tomorrow. Hope your week has started well, take care.....




29 comments:

  1. Oh ja, ein schönes Gebäude, und gut, dass es erhalten wird...

    Lieben Gruß
    CL

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  2. Looks a bit like the Museum of Natural History in London. Now... what's that dino petting thing???

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  3. That's a lovely old building!

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  4. I think you are right .. kids love stairs

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  5. I especially like the first one. Great perspective!

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  6. What a beautiful old building and, yes, kids do love stairs! I did, too, until my knees went on strike!! Wonderful captures and great composition. Hope you have a great start to your week!!

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  7. What a lovely series of buildings, now joined as one! You caught them beautifully, and the architecture is such a great mix of old & new. Hope your week is off to a great start too!

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  8. The outside of the building looks inviting: arches over the windows, reflections in the glass, a fabulous staircase...For sure I want to know more about what's inside.

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  9. An interesting blend of the old and the new. Can't wait to see where you are taking us tomorrow!

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  10. The top floor of your first shot looks like the bridge of a boat. Nice old building for sure.

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  11. Timeless beauty. Wonderful that it is taken that much care of. Please have a good Tuesday.

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  12. Dinosaur petting zoo? Too funny. And no, I wasn't alive when the dinosaurs roamed! Good grief! See, I knew what you were thinking!

    Got to say that is an incredibly impressive building! You do have lots of good stuff in Perth!

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  13. Looks like a building with personality....the best kind:) As for chilly weather.....it sounds nice right now:) Enjoy it while it lasts. It's hot and muggy over here. Take care:)

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  14. This looks like a great cultural resource.

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  15. While I know it is proper architectural style, isn't Victorian Byzantine just a wonderful was to describe a building. It conjures up so many images. Great building.

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  16. It is a lovely building with a mix of old and new.

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  17. That's a beauty. I love old architecture.

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  18. Morning Gracie,
    Just to let you know I've shared this link with our very popular Rt Hon. Lady Mayoress of Perth, Lisa Scaffidi today.
    SueC xxx

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  19. Lovely buildings, and I agree it is a shame the stairs are not used.
    But, you cannot have much in there, you have only been there just over a hundred years....

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  20. Adorable architecture!
    The second composition is amazing!
    Léia

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  21. What a huge building Grace .... with wonderful architectural elements.

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  22. I'm so sad about missing the dinosaurs... Beautiful shots Mamma!

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  23. Beautiful buildings. So happy that they are being preserved.

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  24. That is quite a building. What is it that kids find so appealing about sweeping stairways? I agree, they would love climbing those steps.

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  25. Quite a structure on the outside. Can't wait till the inside is revealed.

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  26. That sure is a beauty! I bet the inside is amazing.

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  27. Wonderful! I especially like the top shot.

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  28. Beautiful!!! I loved that glass entrance!

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