Happy 40th Anniversary, Sydney Opera House!


Since I’ve lately been on the subject of architecture, my favorite building in the world celebrates its 40th anniversary today! An instant icon, the Sydney Opera House was officially opened on this date in 1973. Since then it has become not only one of the most recognizable buildings in Australia, but in the world. With its harsh silhouette and sharp sails, it mimics and celebrates both the stark beauty of Australia itself and the country’s deep maritime history.

IMG_1197_800As one of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia, more than seven million people visit the site each year, with 300,000 people participating annually in a guided tour of the facility. The Opera House hosts over 1,500 performances each year that are attended by some 1.2 million people.

Identified as one of the 20th century’s most distinctive buildings, and one of the most famous performing arts centers in the world, the Sydney Opera House became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2007.

So today, on the occasion of its 40th anniversary, let’s all lift a schooner and give a hearty “Cheers” to the Sydney Opera House.

About Stephen Kelly Creative

Hi, I'm Stephen Kelly, a writer, editor, photographer and graphic designer living in beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA. Amongst the things I love are writing, photography, movies, music, fitness, travel, Batman, all things Australian, food and fun, all of which I hope to reflect in this here blog. Welcome aboard ... now let's get busy!
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10 Responses to Happy 40th Anniversary, Sydney Opera House!

  1. restlessjo says:

    Fabulous and 40! 🙂

  2. pommepal says:

    I agree with Jo. That is a great gallery, yes cheers Mate…

  3. viveka says:

    Just brilliant … gallery, Stephen! Must be one of the most iconic buildings in the world … Copenhagen’s new opera house has some how connections with Sydney’s – think it’s the son of the designer for this opera house .. that has design theirs, not all in the same class from the outside. Love the little photo through the window. Excellent photos.

  4. Amy says:

    Gorgeous gallery of the opera house! The night shot is incredible.

  5. Paula says:

    One of the coolest and most easily recognised modern buildings in the world 🙂 You have taken gorgeous shots Stephen!

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