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If I were to ask people from all over to name a famous building from Sydney I'm willing to bet that 99.99% would name the Opera House. Sydney Opera House is to the city what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, the Colloseum to Rome or the Empire State Building is to New York City. What makes the building so unforgettable is without doubt its distinct and innovating architecture along with its great location on the tip of one of the world's pretties harbors. The Opera House is the work of the Danish architect Jørn Utzon who won the competition design in 1957. Construction of the building started in 1959 and ended in 1973 and was not without controversy. The original cost estimate was $7 million while the completion date was set by the government to be 26 January 1963; in reality the building was finished 10 years later in 1973 at a cost of $102 million. Jørn Utzon ultimately resigned the project and the interior was completed by an Australian design team. The most striking architectural element is the roof, which is made of precast concrete covered in granite tiles imported from Sweden. And finally, one last piece of information, Sydney's Opera House was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

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