Towards the end of our one-day stopover in Sydney, we visited the Victorian era Strand Arcade. Built in 1891, the shop-lined arcade was looking especially colourful in the gathering dusk.
While we were in Sydney, we also wandered through the opulent, late 19th century Queen Victoria Building (aka the QVB).
And stopped to admire the two large and impressive clocks hanging from the roof.
Consequently, the distinctive Sydney Tower seemed to pop up in many of our photos. The building was completed in 1981 and is 309m tall (to the top of the spire).
From the Art Gallery of New South Wales, we walked across the Domain to Sydney Hospital. The building stands on the site of the old Rum Hospital, as described in the plaque above. From front, the current hospital looks rather grim.
However the central courtyard is much more likeable, with an ornamental fountain and plenty of interesting architectural details.
The town of St Albans dates back to Roman times (when it was called Verulamium), so there are some interesting ruins. The ruins above are part of the Roman town wall and are situated in Verulamium Park overlooking the lake. The ruins below are from a 16th century manor house, built on the site of the 12th century Sopwell Nunnery.
As well as the other buildings in St Albans that we featured earlier this month, we also liked this rather picturesque church. It is St Michael’s and is considered to be the most significant Anglo-Saxon building in England. It mostly dates from the 10th and 11th centuries, with later additions and restoration in the 19th century.
St Albans Cathedral underwent major restoration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The choir stalls above were replaced, but are still surrounded by Norman arches. The statues in the 15th century Wallingford screen below were also replaced, since the originals were destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries. Although the experts may quibble, the end result of the restoration is very impressive.