Sydney Opera House is Australia’s premier performing arts facility. It is one of the world’s most well-known and instantly recognizable music venues. It is situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In 2007, it was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
More than 7 million people visit here every year and approximately 1.2 million visitors attend a performance. It was designed by Jorn Utzon, an architect from Denmark. In 1957, he won the competition that was geared towards coming up with the best design of the opera house.
Fast Facts: –
- There are 7 different performance venues in the Sydney Opera House that are the Concert Hall, the Opera Theatre, Playhouse, Drama Theatre, The Studio, the Forecourt and the Utzon Room.
- It took 16 long years to build this and the final cost of construction was $102 million which was funded by a state lottery.
- It was opened on 20th October 1973 by Queen Elizabeth II. Since then she has visited four times.
- On the same day, Jorn Utzon was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of Architects Australia.
- The Grand Organ in the opera House took 10 years to build. It is one of the world’s largest organs containing 10,000 pipes.
- The opera house has five theatres, rehearsal studios, two main halls, four restaurants, six bars and a souvenir shop.
- The highest roof point is 67 metres above sea-level – the same as a 22-storey high building.