SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
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The Sydney Opera House is undoubtedly Australia's most famous contemporary construction. His imaginative design as sails sailing in the port of Sydney came from an international competition, won in 1956 by a 38-year-old Danish architect, Jørn Oberg Utzon (1918-2008), on 233 applications! The only two constraints at the time were to include two concert halls to accommodate theatrical and musical performances, and to build the building at Bennelong Point. Due to the additional costs during his construction and political controversy, Utzon resigned in 1966 and vowed to never again return to Sydney. The construction took a lot of time, only 8 years for the setting up of the sails.
The Opera was finally completed by architects Peter Hall, David Littlemore and Lionel Todd in 1973, totaling over $ 100 million. In order to finance these additional costs, a large lottery was organized. Since 2007, the Opera has been part of the 3 Australian cultural sites inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site (the other two are the sites of Australian bagnes scattered in New South Wales, the Western Australia and Tasmania, the Royal Palace of Exhibitions and the Carlton Gardens in Melbourne). Jørn Oberg Utzon died in his country of origin in 2008, and indeed never returned to Sydney as he built one of the twentieth century masterpieces. He's never seen him anything other than photography. Despite Utzon's nightmare, an exhibition hall bears its name in the Opera to commemorate and celebrate the extraordinary work of the architect.
Since its opening, its several theaters have been hosting representations from all over the world, but also great speeches like that of Nelson Mandela on October 24, 1990. To admire the Outdoor Opera, don't miss the Vivid Festival, the festival of lights held every year in May and June. The Opera guided tour takes you behind the scenes and leads you to the exciting history of building the Australian emblem. To do absolutely.
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The building admires outside, of day and night. For the internal part, guided tours are programmed daily in several languages.
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