When we talk about tourist’s spots of the world, there is an endless list of monuments, gardens, temples, beaches and heritage sites. Inspite of this the list is so incomplete without mentioning about Opera House, the heart of Australia. It is one of the most famous tourist’s spot of the world. Opera House is located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is a multi venue performing art centre in Sydney. Its elevation is around 13 feet and architectural style is expressionist, with a series of large precast concrete shells, each composed of sections of a sphere of 75.2 metres in radius, forming the roofs of the structure which is set on a monumental podium. The building covers a huge 1.8 hectares of land and is 183 m long and 120 m wide.
When we look from a distance the shells from which it is constructed look white but actually it is made of subtle chevron pattern and the tiles are composed of two colours, glossy white and matte cream. John Utzon was the main architect of the Opera House whose concert hall has a seating capacity of 2,679 people and the total capacity is around 6000 people. The structure was built in three stages as earlier its construction was demolished. The three stages include: – the podium stage, the roof stage and the interiors. Its construction cost is around 102 million dollar. The Opera House was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of Australia on 20 October, 1973.
The opening was televised and included fireworks and performances which were immensely amazing and eye captivating. It is supported on 588 concrete piers sunk as much as 25 m below sea level. It took 14 years to construct this beautiful wonder as its construction started on 2 March, 1959 and completed in 1973. It was opened for general public around 40 years ago. It contains the ‘Sydney Opera House Grand Organ’, the largest mechanical tracker action organ in the world, with over 10,000 pipes. In many of its theatres various famous Australian groups and ballets perform and it has a worth of its own worldwide. The concerts and organisational shows held here are extremely renowned and popular and have much of cultural value as well as public appreciation. Many world famous artists have performed here. The building also comprises of retail houses, cafe, restaurant, bars and music studios. Guided tours are available, including a frequent tour of the front-of-house spaces, and a daily backstage tour that takes visitors backstage to see areas normally reserved for performers and crew members. The building is undoubtedly very beautiful and picturesque and is considered to be the heart of Australia. For tourists and travellers alike it is one of the major tourists destination which serve both the forms of giving eyes immense pleasure and the nearby surrounding is also very magnificent. The place looks grand and classy and is considered to be one of the most renowned areas of Sydney.
The place is absolutely beautiful and neat and the building’s aura gives tourists many things to ponder upon. Identified as one of the 20th century’s most distinctive buildings and one of the most famous performing arts centres in the world, the facility is managed by Sydney Opera House Trust, under the auspices of the New South Wales Ministry of the Arts. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007. It is a universally admired masterpiece of the world’s heritage. The saga of beauty that it beholds is so true that we can just imagine by even getting a glimpse of it. According to a survey more than two million people from around the world visits Opera House every year. From the time it was constructed, the building had been a source of admiration for its ecstatic beauty preserving the cultural aura. The Sydney Opera House is an extremely magnificent building, rightfully considered to be one of the wonders of the modern world. It is located at a very prominent location on a peninsula near Sydney’s harbour; it is reminiscent of a ship which is in full sail leaving harbour. The idea for the construction of an opera house arose after the Second World War, when Australians realized that the country lacked a world-class opera house. The opera house put Sydney on the world map, both architecturally and culturally.
The iconic Opera House is a thriving hub of art, culture and history. It is one of the most distinctive buildings of the world. One of the very beautiful things about Opera House is that the sun sets over this stunning triumph of architecture and design. When you will opt for any tour of this famous building you will get an introduction of the history behind this building as well as the events and performances that takes place at its concert hall. The beauty of this monument is totally unquestionable. So, just pack up your bag and take a soothing view of the wonder of the world with family and friends and feel the calmness and beauty of the place as well as the structure.