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Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia
The Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia

Historical Context

The design of the Sydney Opera House was the result of a worldwide competition, won by then little know Danish architect Jorn Utzon. It was a design ahead of its time, more expressive than the more strictly modernist buildings of the time. Utzon's design with its soaring roofs evoked the sails of Sydney Harbor and made full use of its prominent position on Bennelong Point.

Construction began in 1959 was dodged throughout by problems with its design and difficult relations between Utzon and authorities, which led to the architect's resignation from the project in 1966. The Opera House was finally opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973, the year it was completed.

Today it is Australia's biggest tourist attraction and one of the most recognisable buildings of the 20th century.

Photo Info

Photographer: Matthew Field
Location taken: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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