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Dont Miss Sydneys Opera House

Mar 27, 2008
When you are making preparations for your next Australia vacation, you will undoubtedly realize that no visit to Sydney is complete without a visit to the Opera House. Sydneys most famous landmark, The Sydney Opera House, was designed by the Danish architect Jorn Utzon, and the architectural firm Ove Arup & Partners.

Stage One of construction on the Opera House commenced on December 5, 1958, and focused on the building of the podium. Stage two, the construction of the roof, was one of the most difficult parts of the project, due to unique shell like construction of the various levels and panels. Design work on the shells was the sole focus of the project from 1957 to 1963, and the design work represented some of the earliest uses of computers in the structural analysis process. Many other construction and engineering techniques were pioneered during the building of the opera house as well, and these techniques are still widely used by premiere architects today.

The third stage of construction, the interiors, began in 1963, with Utzon supervising but in 1965, following a change of government, the project was determined to be under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Public Works, and Utzon resigned shortly after. Utzons resignation threw the project into temporary turmoil, but on October 20, 1973, the Opera House formally opened its doors, officiated by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia. Ove Arup and Parteners remained true to most of Utzons original design plan, and his influence can be found throughout the interior and exterior of the building., as well as the on the grounds and nearby structures.

The Sydney Opera House is considered to be one of the great architectural works of the 20th Century and represents innovations in both architectural and structural design, and continues to function as a world class performing center. The building is also the location of many weddings year round, and various cultural events as well.

The city of Sydney offers much in the way of sight seeing and attractions, from historic walking trails to beautiful beaches, snowy mountains, and fine dining. Your next Australia vacation just wont be complete without a visit to this historic city, and its famous opera house. Nature lovers will also find much to discover at each of Sydneys beautiful coasts, unspoiled mountain ranges, and breathtaking cityscapes. Taking in a show at the opera house is a truly unique experience, each and every time.
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