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Monday, 8 December 2014

Gog and Magog

With names like that who needs an introduction!? Well I do! You will find their names in both the Book of Ezekiel, and the Book of Revelations, and they are mentioned in the Koran and the Hebrew Bible. You can see these mythical figures of Gog and Magog in the beautiful Royal Arcade which runs between Little Collins Street and the Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne's retail district. Royal Arcade is the 'extension' of the beautiful Block Arcade (see earlier post here) Gog and Magog are kept busy 24 hours a day as they strike the chimes of the clock on the hour so do try and be there to hear their resonance throughout the Arcade.
Ding Dong
Royal Arcade was completed in 1870 to the design by the architect Charles Webb who also designed among other buildings Melbourne Grammar School, the historic Windsor Hotel on the corner of Bourke and Spring Streets and Tasma Terrace located at Parliament Terrace on the diagonal off Spring Street and now home to the National Trust. 
Light-filled old fashioned elegance
It is such a light-filled Arcade with some interesting and quirky shops. It has that sense of history where you can imagine the elegant ladies and gentlemen of Melbourne promenading.

Bowen Cottage client comment: The cottage was perfect for our two week stay and the location is great

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