Tuesday, August 7, 2012

AUSTRALIA ~Sydney-Opera House-UNESCO~

A wonderful nightview of the most famous landmark in Sydney and even in whole Australia...amazing architecture, unique in the world and in a great location... Thanks a lot Krystiina!!

With lovely Olympics stamp!This issue is the second of three being released for the Olympics 2012 in London.It carries the symbol of the IOC, commemorates the performances of Australia's athletes at the Olympic Games. Represented on the stamps is the sport of Rowing, discipline of Swimming and event of Pole Vault.

The Opera House is the work of the Danish architect Jørn Utzon who won the competition design in 1957. Construction of the building started in 1959 and ended in 1973 and was not without controversy. The original cost estimate was $7 million while the completion date was set by the government to be 26 January 1963; in reality the building was finished 10 years later in 1973 at a cost of $102 million. Jørn Utzon ultimately resigned the project and the interior was completed by an Australian design team. The most striking architectural element is the roof, which is made of precast concrete covered in granite tiles imported from Sweden.
The Sydney Opera House is one of the buisiest Opera Houses in the world with over 1500 live performances every year..

Sydney's Opera House was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

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