Australia is undoubtedly a very nice place to visit. One of the most popular travel destinations in Australia is Sydney, a city that has hosted major sports events such as the Olympic Games.
There are plenty of tourist attractions in Sydney but there is one that stands out: the Sydney Opera House.
Here are some interesting facts about the Sydney Opera House, the Australian landmark on every travel guide to Sydney>
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Since its completion back in 1973, The Sydney Opera House has become one of the major symbols of Australian metropolis.
The building was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and constructed between 1957-1973. On the inauguration in 1973 – a ceremony officiated by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia – the construction cost was estimated at over USD 100 million.
The Sydney Opera House – a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007 – is located in Sydney Harbor (at Bennelong Point), alongside Sydney Harbor Bridge, both representing the major attraction for travellers who visit the city. One of it’s neighbours, The Royal Botanic Garden, is also a major landmark for tourists.
According to recent statistics, the annual number of visitors to Sydeny Opera House is impressive: more than 7 million! Also, over 1,000 artistic performances are held here every year, gathering hundreds of thousands of people.
Tourists in Sydney who want to learn details about the history of the building and its facilities, should know that guided tours are available throughout the year.
If you plan your next holiday in Australia, don’t forget to mark the Sydney Opera House on your city travel guide.