Parliament of Victoria

The Parliament of Victoria is perched atop a grand run of steps, which are a popular spot for wedding photos. Built in stages between 1856 and 1929, the building remains incomplete – an ornate dome in the centre was originally supposed to be double its height. From 1901 to 1927 this was the seat of federal government before it moved to Canberra. Free tours of the building run on days when parliament is not sitting; sitting dates are published on the parliament’s website (www.parliament.vic.gov.au). Spring St, facing Bourke St; (03) 9651 8911.

The imposing structure just south of parliament facing Collins St is the Old Treasury Building. In a similar style and often mistaken for the parliamentary building, it is now home to the Victorian Marriage Registry and glamorous wedding parties can often be seen posing for photos on the steps.

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