Facts About the Sydney Opera House

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Facts About the Sydney Opera House – General

  • The Opera house was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20 October 1973
  • It Cost $AU 102,000,000 to build the Sydney Opera House
  • Over 3000 events each year take place
  • Over 200,000 guided tours each year
  • The building was eventually completed by others in 1973.
  • The Sydney Opera House was included in the National Heritage List in 2005
  • It took 7 years to build the model of the opera house and 17 years to complete the actual building.
  • Sydney Opera House was opened to the general public by Queen Elizabeth II, on October 20, 1973.
  • The opera house was amongst the 20 finalists in the New Seven Wonders of the World project of 2007.

Facts About the Sydney Opera House – The Architecture

  • Is 185 metres long and 120 metres wide
  • The Sydney Opera House Height is 65m
  • The Sydney Opera House has 2194 pre-cast concrete sections as its roof
  • Some of the roof sections weigh up to 15 tons
  • Over 350 km of tensioned steel cable is used in its construction
  • Has over 1 million tiles on the roof
  • The Sydney Opera House contains 6225 square metres of glass and 645 kilometres of electric cable
  • The design was beyond the capabilities of engineering of the time

Facts About the Sydney Opera House – Jorn Utzon

  • The Sydney Opera House Designer was Jorn Utzon, a Danish man who was NOT Australian
  • The second stage of construction was still in process when Utzon was forced to resign. His postion was largely taken over by Peter Hall, who became largely responsible for the interior design.
  • Following an arrangement made in 1999, plans were made to change Hall’s internal design of the Opera House to that of Jorn Utzon’s.

fact about the Sydney Opera House Information for Kids

Facts about the Sydney Opera House Tour – Did you know that the Sydney Opera House operates fun tours for kids during the school holidays.  If you ask your parents nicely they may even take you!

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