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"Sydney Opera House was..." Australia Things to Do Tip by Adeline_Foo

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Sydney Opera House was designed by the Danish architect Jorn Utzorn and was opened by Queen Elizabeth the Second on the 20th October 1973.

This most distinctive building with its multiple 'sail' rooftop is located at Bennelong Point near Circular Quay close to the heart of Sydney. The Opera House is said to be the busiest performing arts centre in the world with over three thousand events per year with an audience in excess of 2 million per year and attracting over two hundred thousand tourists of guided tours per year. The building consists of in excess of 1,000 rooms and many events such as opera, film, ballet, music recitals, exhibitions and conventions are held there.

After an exhaustive Worldwide competition for the design of the Opera House the Danish Architect Jorn Utzon was declared the winner in 1957 and he commenced work on the building in 1959. As the design was new even as a structural model to architects, there were many problems with construction and after irreconcilable breakdown of relations between Utzon and the then NSW Government, Utzon left Australia never to return until years later. The construction was completed by a trio of Sydney architects under the control of the Government.

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  • Updated Aug 24, 2002
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