Carlton, Melbourne - Carlton, VIC

Carlton, Melbourne

Victorian architecture still graces this lovely suburb-beautifully proportioned terrace houses with lacy cast-iron balconies, wide tree-lined streets, and grassy squares. The district is spiced with a dash of Greenwich Village, a strong measure of new Australians from Italy, and numerous trendy, dissenting young people-most of them students at the University of Melbourne or Monash University. The latter school, 16 kms from city center, is worth visiting for its striking stained glass window-24 feet in diameter-in the University's Great Hall, designed by Melbourne artist Leonard French.

On Saturdays, people stroll along Lygon Street, the main shopping area, dressed in a provocative assortment of garments bought in the Flea Market or one of the area's small "opportunity" shops.
Between bouts of sightseeing, you may wish to catch your breath in Carlton Gardens, a 60-acre park of lawns and flowers. Its Exhibition Building, topped by an exotic dome and minarets, was constructed for the International Exhibition of 1880. In 1901 the first Federal Parliament gathered here, and the building remained the seat of Parliament until 1927, when the government moved to Canberra.

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Carlton, VIC, 3053