Building on this beautiful landmark started on 1 March 1959, so it took over 14 years of hard work to complete!
The Opera House is a huge tourist attraction. With it's 1,500 performances each year, it also attracts 1.2 million concert-goers.
The Pritzker Architecture Prize is considered to be the Nobel Prize of architecture. Jørn Utzon (Denmark) won it in 2003 for his work on the Sydney Opera House.
The Sydney Opera House is in Bennelong Point, Sydney. Woollarawarre Bennelong (1764-1813) was an aboriginal interlocutor who lived in a hut at the point.
The Opera House wasn't cheap! It cost A$102 million, equivalent to ~A$927 million in 2016 (~US$690 million). Jørn Utzon was the architect.
The architectural style is known Expressionist. The Lotus Temple in Delhi and the Walt Disney Consert Hall in Los Angeles are other examples.
The Concert Hall has 2,679 seats, while five other theaters and rooms make up the rest. The Sydney Opera House Grand Organ has over 10,000 pipes!
The sails are high enough to provide an impressive foreground to the famous New Year firework display Sydney puts on each year.
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