facts about Sydney Opera House

13 Sensational Facts about Sydney Opera House

The most instantly recognisable icon and symbol of Australia, here’s 13 interesting facts about Sydney Opera House:

  1. Sydney Opera House is one of the most distinctive and famous buildings in the world.
  2. Going on an adventure? Set your GPS for 33.8568° S, 151.2153° E to find the Sydney Opera House. It’s located in Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia.
  3. Construction began in March 1959, and took 14 years before being opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1973.  The opening included fireworks and a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. 
  4. The Queen has visited a further 3 times since – the most recent with Prince Philip in 2006.

facts about Sydney Opera House

  1. Sydney Opera House was originally designed by the Danish architect, Jørn Utzon but was completed by an Australian design team.
  2. The smallest venue is named after him. Seating 210 people is the Utzon room. 
  3. Building Sydney Opera House cost AUS$102 million to complete – adjusted for inflation, that’s equal to AUS$602,959,203.40 in 2019! (£317,783,618.56).
  1. The first public performance at the Sydney Opera House was Sergei Prokofiev’s War and Peace.
  2. Each year, approximately 2,000,000 people come to watch a performance at Sydney Opera House!
  3. The building is huge – it’s highest point is 67 meters tall, and its 120 meters wide and 185 meters long – more than 100 football pitches could fit inside!
  4. It’s the number one visitor attraction in Australia,  beating the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru/Ayers Rock and Bondi Beach!
  5. Sydney Opera House boasts an incredible 1,000 rooms – but just seven of these are venues.
  6. The largest venue is the Concert Hall which seats an audience of 2,679.

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