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The Sydney Opera House
By Nicky Hurle

1     One of Australia's most familiar man-made structures is the very unique Sydney Opera House. Located at Bennelong Point, Sydney Harbour, the Opera House is one of the most recognized symbols of Australia. It is featured on the itinerary of many overseas tourists as a "must see" experience.
2     The story behind the design and creation of the Opera House is one of innovation and vision. It is about the coming together of a man who was ahead of his time in terms of imagination and a city that desired a fitting venue to showcase large stage productions.
3     The New South Wales government launched an appeal in the late 1950's to raise money to build a new, state-of-the-art Opera House. At the same time, they announced a competition to determine the design of the new building. They wanted something special, something that would reflect the distinctive environment of Sydney Harbour.

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