Sydney, Australia

Arrival in Sydney, the city of sunshine, beaches and the most famous Opera House in the world.

Did you know that the Opera House was designed by a relatively unknown (at the time) Danish Architect named Yorn Utzon? He won a worldwide architectural competition of over 200 entries in 1957. What’s most interesting is that Utzon designed the plans without ever having visited the site. The Opera House “sails” are

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Sydney Opera House with Sydney Bridge

reminiscent of his training as Naval Architect.

Construction began in 1959 and the exterior was finished in 1965. But his spectacular interior plans never got realized, because in 1965 a new Liberal Government came to power and stopped payments to the Architect. So the interior for many decades was simple and unspectacular. In 1999 Utzon was re-instated as Architect and project by project the interior plans were slowly realized. Improvement is still ongoing.

The American Architect Louis Kahn said about this spectacular unique architectural wonder: The sun did not know how beautiful its light was, until it was reflected off this building.

For more information, please visit sydneyoperahouse.com

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