Fun Facts about the Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. This iconic building has become synonymous with Sydney, Australia. There are many fun facts about this magnificent structure that you may not know! In this blog post we will explore interesting and lesser known facts about this amazing landmark.

The Sydney Opera House was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon. He won an international competition to design the opera house in 1957, but his design wasn’t finalized until 1966 due to political and financial delays. The construction of the Sydney Opera House cost over $102 million (AUD) and took 14 years to complete. It was officially opened on October 20, 1973 by Queen Elizabeth II.

Here are some fun facts you might have not considered when you thought about the Sydney Opera House. 

  1. The Sydney Opera House is the most popular tourist attraction in Australia, with over eight million visitors each year. 

  2. It was named one of the top 20 architectural wonders of the world by the American Institute of Architects. 

  3. The sails of the Sydney Opera House are made up of concrete and Swedish red granite. 

  4. The Sydney Opera House uses solar power to heat its water supply and produces around half of its own electricity! 

  5. It has been featured in many movies, including Australia (2008), Mission Impossible II (2000) , Superman Returns (2006) and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones (2002).

The Sydney Opera House is a masterpiece of modern architecture and one of the most iconic structures in the world. It is an important part of Sydney's culture and history, and a must-see for any visitor to australia. So next time you Huvr to Sydney, be sure to visit the Sydney Opera House!


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