Friday, 22 May 2015

Sydney's Iconin Opera House

In 1952, the government of NSW wanted to build two concert halls which would put the city of Sydney on the world map. In 1956, it organised an international competition for submitting designs for the same. Jørn Utzon, an architect from Denmark, won this competition for his design of the Opera House and was chosen as the main architect and went on to receive the Pritzker Architecture prize in 2003.

The construction of the Opera House began in 1957 and continued right up to 1973 on the Bennelong point  close to Sydney Harbour.

It is a performing arts centre which has become a world heritage site and houses concert halls, opera and drama theatres; it is also one of the busiest and much acclaimed performing art centres in the world.

A wonderful walk on the promenade from Circular Quay Station took us to this magnificent piece of Architecture.

The monumental stairs from the Forecourt that lead to the two main halls are about 100 metres wide! The sheer size of this stairway had us  enraptured! There are elevators too by which one can reach the theatres. Within the Opera House, the foyer has glass walls through which one can view the harbour.

The only way one can visit all the theatres is through the guided tours. Once a day, tours are also conducted for a group of not more than ten differently abled individuals where elevators are used instead of the stairs.

There are shows running through the day which can be pre-booked or booked on arrival depending on the availability of seats. The act that we wanted to watch was to be showcased late in the evening, but for various reasons, we decided to return home.


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