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					                      The Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in
the Australian city of Sydney. It was conceived and largely built by
Danish architect Jørn Utzon, finally opening in 1973 after a long
gestation starting with his competition-
winning design in 1957.

The Sydney Opera House was made a
                              UNESCO
                              World
                              Heritage
                              Site on 28 June 2007.It is one of the
                              20th century's most distinctive buildings
                              and one of the most famous performing
                              arts centres in the world

The Sydney Opera House is a modern expressionist design, with a
series of large precast concrete "shells" .The shells are covered in a
subtle chevron pattern with glossy white- and matte-cream-coloured
Swedish-made tiles from Höganäs though, from a distance, the shells
appear a uniform white.

The building also houses a recording studio, cafes, restaurants and
bars and retail outlets. Guided tours are available to the public,
including a frequent tour of the front-of-house spaces, and a daily
backstage tour which takes visitors backstage to see areas normally
reserved for performers and crew members.
As one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world, hosting
over 1,500 performances each year attended by some 1.2 million people
all over the world.

The Sydney Opera House is administered by the Sydney Opera House
Trust, under the New South Wales Ministry of the Arts.

				
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