Sydney – The Opera House
Sydney is a stunning city with its beaches, mountains, national parks, and stunning harbours. It’s also an extremely diverse place with converging cultures and hundreds of tourists.
“Sydney Opera House stands by itself as one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind” – International Council Report on Monuments and Sites to the World Heritage Committee.
The Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the star of the glittering harbour. Shaped like shells of billowing sails, this graceful building perches on a tiny parcel of land surrounded by water.
Jørn Utzon, a Danish architect, is the architect of the Sydney Opera House. When it was declared a World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007, Utzon became only the second person to have received such recognition for one of his works during his lifetime. His vision for a sculptural, curved building on the Harbour broke radically with the cube and rectangular shapes of modernist architecture. The building transformed his career and, thus, changed the image of a whole nation.
Relax at the one of the restaurants, snap a photo while gliding by on a harbour cruise, stroll around its exterior, or take a tour around its theaters, exhibition room, studios, cinema, and concert hall. Guided tours are available daily from 9am to 5pm.