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Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera HouseAn extraordinary site on Sydney Harbour at Bennelong Point, an ambitious state Premier (Joseph J Cahill), a visiting American architect (Eero Saarinen) and a young Dane's billowy sketches (Joern Utzon) were the key factors which generated one of the world's most important modern buildings.

Designed at the vast scale of the harbour itself, its low edges contain enough visual appeal for human interest. More remarkable is that the scheme makes no reference to history or to classical architectural forms. The roof is more important than the walls, consequently the language of walls - columns, divisions, windows and pediments - has been effectively dispensed with.

The Sydney Opera House also embodies timeless popular metaphors. The building's organic shape and lack of surface decoration have made it both timeless and ageless. Moreover, it demonstrates how buildings can add to environmental experience rather than detract from it - something of spiritual value independent of function.

Admission
Admission to the Opera House is free. Tours of the building depart every 30 mins between 8.30am and 5pm daily and cost around $14 for adults and $10 for children. The costs for performances vary.

Getting There
The Opera House is located an easy 5 minute walk from Circular Quay. It is Sydney Explorer stop number 2.

More Information - www.sydneyoperahouse.com

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