Sydney Opera House facts for kids

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Sydney Opera House *
Sydney Opera House at night
Country  Australia
Type Cultural
Criteria i
Reference 166
Region ** Asia-Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription 2007 (31st Session)

The Sydney Opera House is a opera house of an iconic building on the shores of Sydney Harbour, in Sydney, Australia. It is shaped like the sails of a boat. Many concerts and events take place here, with 200 performances a year presented by Opera Australia, Australia's national opera company. It is a famous tourist attraction.

The Sydney Opera House is out in the ocean. It is like a peninsula.


The land where the Sydney Opera House stands is called Bennelong Point. Bennelong Point was once home to Fort Macquarie (the fort was built in 1817 and knocked down in 1901). On 10 August 1902, the Fort Macquarie Tram Depot was opened at Bennelong Point. The depot was knocked down in 1958. The Sydney Opera House was built on the same spot and the work began in 1959.

It was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. He won a design competition in 1957. Utzon left the project in February 1966 because the government was not paying his invoices. The building finally opened on 20 October in 1973. The project was completed ten years later and cost more than fourteen times the original budget. In 2001, Utzon was invited back to restore the building and change it back towards his original designs.

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