Sydney Opera House, Sydney

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    Step 6: Opera keys and circular quay

    by Maximilian21 Written Mar 13, 2005

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    After the opera bar you then walk around to the ferries at circular quay. Its one of the most popular way of getting around the harbour and many take this method to get to work.
    It offers you some potential side trips to other parts of the city or you can stay in the quay and walk around

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    by FlyingShanice Written Apr 25, 2004

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    Sydney Opera House is one of the world's most recognisable buildings. It was constructed between 1959 and 1973, and designed by Danish architect Joern Utzon. The Opera House was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on October 20, 1973.

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    Step 5: Stop off at opera bar for a few

    by Maximilian21 Written Mar 13, 2005

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    AWalking around the full circumference of the opera house should take you about 20 mins. Its a beautiful walk and will give you some breathtaking views. After this i usually go down and have a drink or 2 at Opera bar.
    The drinks can be a bit pricy but for the view your getting and for the setting you willing to pay an extra few. Most days they also have live music. The music is ususally Jazz or funk and is very pleasing to the ears.

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    Go inside and see an opera.

    by iwys Written Nov 18, 2004

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    Instead of just looking at Sydney Opera House, why not go inside and see an opera? I was lucky because I managed to get the very last ticket for a performance of "Eugene Onegin".

    Even though I was right at the end of the back row, the view was excellent. English surtitles are projected above the stage.

    There are excellent restaurants and bars inside.

    Typical ticket prices for an opera range from A$50 to A$200.

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  • Sydney Opera House !!

    by grantravel Updated Sep 9, 2004

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    The Sydney Opera House, situated on Sydney Harbour at Bennelong Point, is considered by many to be one of the wonders of the modern world.

    The Opera House is one of Sydney's most popular icons with tourists and travellers from the world over visiting, photographing and standing in awe of the cultural centre of Sydney.

    Just like the Harbour Bridge you can take photos of the Opera House from many different vantage points. You can get a photo with Opera House and the Harbour Bridge in one photo from Mrs Macquaries Point.

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    A very unique building.

    by laughingsun69 Written Feb 7, 2004

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    The opera house .

    While in Sydney you cant ,go with out seeing the opera house which is a short stroll from circular quay.There are cafes and specailty shops here also ,upon coming here youll find people wandering around enjoying the harbour views .

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    Sydney Opera House

    by gabriellefox Updated Jan 8, 2005

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    Sydney is an amazing city and one that tops the list of places I'd like to live. The Opera House Is probably the cities best known landmark, and one of the most photographed buildings in the world. It's iconic status is well deserved and it is even more awe inspiring when you get up close.

    It has a huge ampitheatheatre which overlooks the harbour on one side and the city on the other. the acoustics are said to be amazing.

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    by dracko Written Dec 11, 2003

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    There isn't much more that I can say about this instantly recognizable landmark that hasn't been said before by countless others. With the stark sharp angles and sweeping lines that it was given to resemble a fleet of sail boats during a regatta - it is striking, it is beautiful, and it is a must see. And it's hard not to. You can't avoid looking it at if you are anywhere near the Harbour. Do try to go on at least a tour, or if you're lucky, even take in a performance.

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    Sydney Opera House: Architecture ahead of its time

    by xuessium Written Jun 24, 2005

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    When the Opera House was built in 1973, it wasn't readily accepted as a landmark. It was viled as ugly and hideous and support for its construction was not forthcoming. What a difference of 30 years made! Today, it is readily one of Sydney's most famous landmark and its architecture admired by many. Walking around the SOH is free and you get to enjoy the scenic harbour view, the sea breezes and its amazing architecture all at the same time. There are plenty of cafes sited along the boulevard and you can sit down, catch a coffee and a slice of cake and watch the Harbour Bridge on the other side of the bay. For those not contented to just see the exterior, there are guided tours into the SOH itself.

    GUIDED TOUR OF THE HOUSE
    The one hour tour leaves every half hour between 9am and 5pm and includes a complimentary soft drink, tea or coffee.
    Cost:
    Adult $23.00, Australian Seniors/Students/Children 16 and under $16.00, Family price: $63.25 (2 adults + 2 children under 16), Private Tour (price for 1-18 people) $432.00
    NB: There are approximately 200 steps on this tour.
    Book your tour at the SOH store on the lower concourse at Sydney Opera House or call + 61 2 9250 7250

    BACKSTAGE TOUR
    Only a maximum of eight people can take the exclusive Backstage Tour. It takes two hours and includes a light breakfast in the Greenroom – home to performers and staff. To give you access, the tour starts at 7am before the working day begins.

    Cost:
    $140 per person. Bookings essential.
    For more information or to book a tour today call +61 2 9250 7250.

    GETTING TO THE HOUSE
    Public Transport: You can catch buses (http://www.sydneybuses.nsw.gov.au), trains (http://www.cityrail.info) and ferries (http://www.sydneyferries.nsw.gov.au) to Circular Quay.
    The nearest train station is Circular Quay (5-10 minutes walk away).

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    Expressionist modern style

    by hez28 Written Jul 24, 2006

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    The Sydney Opera House is Sydney’s No.1 icon. It stands proud on Bennelong Point, on the eastern side of the Circular Quay. It was built 1957-1973. It is definitely a must-visit when you’re in Sydney. The architecture is amazing! It has a great stairway (which reminded me of the stairway at the Sacre Couer in Paris); a nice spot to sit with your friends and enjoy Sydney! I also liked the curvy and pointy roofs, which were arranged according to heights (if seen from the waters). They get your attention very quickly even if you’re far. If you look closely at the roofs, they have a detailed pattern that looks like shells.

    I went in the opera house and visited one of the auditoriums. You can arrange your tours there at the entrance. Tickets AUD$ 17-28.

    Here’s a quote I really liked by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, who designed the Sydney Opera House:
    I call this my “key to the shells” because it solves all the problems of construction by opening up for mass production, precision in manufacture and simple erection and with this geometrical system I attain full harmony between all the shapes in this fantastic complex.

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    Visit the opera house!

    by linnyloo Written Jul 20, 2003

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    One of the most beautiful buildings in the world, the Opera House has become the icon for modern Sydney.

    The Sydney Opera House is on Circular Quay. It was completed in 1973 and was designed by Joern Utzon. The first public performance being Prokofiev's 'War and Peace', and the acoustics are fabulous.
    From outside the Sydney Opera House looks remarkable and if you get up close you will be able to see several of the million or so ceramic tiles which cover the Sydney Opera House shells.

    As Australia’s premier cultural centre for opera, ballet, theatre and music, the Opera House features four theatres and several fine restaurants.
    All forms of performing arts are represented. Around 3,000 events and performances are staged each year in five venues, attracting audiences of approximately two million

    Guided tours daily 9:00am - 4:00pm.
    Performance packages, which include a tour, dinner and a show or a combination of these, are also available by contacting the Sydney Opera House

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    Sydney Opera House

    by ccvisit Written Nov 29, 2004

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    The Sydney Opera House, up close and personal

    The Sydney Opera House…I’m sure everything’s already been said that needs to said about this extraordinary architecture that has come to symbolize not just the city of Sydney, but some would say, Australia as a whole. Most people would highly recommend going to an event at the Opera House to really experience the beauty of this place, but I think I prefer to see it, not as something functional—something that houses musicals, plays, operas, etc.—but as a free standing structure, just for the sake of its own existence. Well, okay, I was broke and didn’t have the funds to attend any of the events.

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    Tiles, tiles and more tiles...

    by knerten Updated Aug 5, 2004

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    From afar, the opera house apppears to have a smooth roof surface. In reality, it's gazillions and gazillions more of 10x10cm (4x4in) ceramic tiles. I am so amazed! No wonder the architect overran the budget 20 times and was ousted from the country before it was finished. Ironically enough, the Opera House is currently being renovated, with the assistance of the original architect's sons.

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    Opera House

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jun 1, 2003

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    The Opera House is now the most famous landmark in Sydney, an eye-catching structure unlike any other that I have ever seen! This building has a history of its own, including the fact that it took 16 years to build! Following a world-wide design competition, the winning design was selected and the NSW government decided that construction should start immediately - in 1957. The problem was, the designer had not yet fully completed the details but this did not stop the politicians! This, combined with subsequent government imposed design changes and the technical difficulties of actually building this new style of construction, led to innumerable delays. The original designer was forced to resign in 1966 and construction went on for another 7 years until the complex was completed in 1973. This was originally to be a Performing Arts Complex (and still is) but the name 'Opera House' stuck to it early on. The building has been a great success and today is the busiest performing arts theatre in the world with 3000 events and an audience of 2 million people per year.

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    Opera House

    by roamer61 Written Dec 8, 2003

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    This is Australias most famous man-made structure. The Sydney Opera House with its unique architecture was created to resemble the sails of a great sailing vessel. Built in the 1960s and designed by a Dutch Architect, it is the citys most recognizable landmark. It is situated on the harbor adjacent to a pleasant park. The Opera House is where concerts and other artistic events are held annually.

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