Melbourne's Capitol Building was built between 1856 and 1930. The House and Senate chambers were completed in only ten months, just in time for the swearing-in ceremony of Victoria's first legislature in November 1856. Visits to the Capitol Building are free, but there are time and number constraints. We went out early and caught up with 9:30. First, we waited in line at the door. The staff would ask you the number of people. More than six people belong to the team and can not enter. After two or two entries, the first security check is to unload all the things on your body, check everything in the big suitcase and drink, and send you a sticker, which must be affixed to your body, then register your name. The small backpack is put in the cabinet in the lobby and can not be brought in, only mobile phones or cameras. About 20 people can enter in one batch. Then there is a special person to explain, the explanation is very detailed.
The Old Melbourne Capitol was built in 1927 and was originally the Federal Assembly Building. There have been two major extensions. It is a typical Victorian-style building with two floors of white buildings: the conference hall and office of the Legislative Department, as well as restaurants and bars for rest and recreation. Since the completion of the New Capitol in 1988, it has accomplished its 61-year mission and is now a museum of history. opposite the Old Capitol is the Windsor Hotel, which is said to have been stayed by the Queen of England when she arrived in Melbourne.
At present, it is the Victorian State Council. When Parliament is in session, the public can enter and foreign citizens are allowed to attend. For those who enter the auditorium, security checks are more stringent. Mobile phones, cameras, bags, etc. must be deposited before entering the parliamentary hall and must not be brought into the auditorium. The auditorium is behind and above the seat of the member of parliament. The audience must not make noise. The two-storey white building has two main parts - "the conference hall and office of the Legislative Department, as well as restaurants and bars for rest and recreation. A small cabinet minister's office is the address of the head of state to negotiate the constitutional law. There are peepholes on the walls of the hall and signal buttons under the tables, which are very unpredictable. On the second floor, most of the news offices are occupied by newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations. It is said that reporters often climb up the roof, run to the ventilation duct of the Cabinet Hall to listen to the contents of the meeting, and then spread the "inside" news to create a sensation. The phenomenon of "leaking" messages from the cabinet roof is called "leaky roof". Temporary exhibitions, lectures and concerts are often held in the old Capitol. Because the old Capitol is situated not far from the Melbourne Marriage Registry on the same street, newlyweds and wedding guests are often photographed here. Generally speaking, if you travel in a group, you can only look at the appearance of the old Capitol Building. After entering the front hall, all bags, mobile phones, cameras and so on should be deposited. Then, first enter the Queen's Hall, the left side of the Queen's Hall is the House of Representatives, decorative color is green; the right side of the Queen's Hall is the Senate, decorative color is red. When entering Parliament, the House and the House of Representatives must remain silent. The auditorium is behind the parliamentary seat.
The building is very grand and magnificent, but you have to take a panoramic view across the street. No. 35 stops here for a long time, so you can get off and take pictures and return to the bus. On the opposite side is Princess Threatre and Chinatown, Princess Threatre is also a very beautiful building.
Photographs were taken at the entrance, but no visits were made. The appearance of the building is elegant and atmospheric.
Melbourne's Old Capitol is located in the eastern part of the city centre of East Melbourne District, Melbourne is one of the important historical buildings. From Swanston Street, along Bourke St, the old Capitol is situated on Spring Street. It has a magnificent appearance, elegant surroundings and a pleasant feeling on foot.