Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House has been UNESCO World Heritage Listed since 2007 and is possibly one of the most recognisable and famous Australian landmarks. The Opera House, which was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973, has been internationally recognised as one of the 20th century’s greatest architectural works and also as one of the most distinctive buildings in the world. Construction of the Sydney Opera House was expected to take four years, but ended up taking 14 years and involved 10,000 construction workers!
The Sydney Opera House is located in Sydney, Australia and was designed by Danish architect Utzon. The building houses multiple performance venues, and is one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world; hosting more than 1500 performances per year and with a total attendance of more than 1.2 million people.
Since its opening in 1973, the opera house has hosted some very notable performances and/or events including those by Joan Sutherland, Thin Lizzy, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, Michael Buble, Sting, Bob Dylan, Björk, and Oprah Winfrey among many others.
The Sydney Opera House has a total seating capacity of 5738 seats, spread across a number of performing venues. The largest performing venue in the Sydney Opera House is the Concert Hall, which has a seating capacity of 2679 seats. As well as the performance venues, the opera house includes a number of retail outlets, cafes and restaurants, bars, and a recording studio.
The Sydney Opera House is recognised as one of the top things to do in Australia and, as such, attracts more than 8 million tourists each year. If you decide to make the visit, you’ll be pleased to know that guided tours of the venue are available.
The Sydney Opera House is definitely one of the most famous Australian landmarks and not surprisingly is on the itinerary of many tourists!
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