The Royal Exhibition Building is in the Carlton Gardens and was completed in 1880 for the Great Exhibition, similar to the Great Exhibition in London. Its grand, Gothic architecture was designed to show how rich Melbourne was at the time. In fact Melbourne was known as Marvelous Melbourne. The building also hosted the first session of Parliament in 1901 after Federation. In 2004 the building was placed on the World Heritage List. Nowadays the T-shaped building is used for exhibtions and dinners and has been restored to it’s opulent best. It is surrounded by the beautiful Carlton Gardens.