The day the Sydney Opera House opened – level 1


The Sydney Opera House is a very special building. When people start to make this building, they have 233 plans from many builders. Yet only one plan can win.

It is a plan by a builder from Denmark. He is not very famous. His design is similar to a ship. It is perfect for Australia.

The work on the building starts in 1959. It is finished in 1973. When people see the new building, they know that it is something special.

The Sydney Opera House is opened on October 20, 1973. It is a great moment. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain also comes to see this moment.

The building goes 25 meters under water and 67 meters above water. Soon people start to write about the building in building textbooks.

The Sydney Opera House is now a symbol of Australia. Two million people visit this building every year.

Difficult words: design (a picture of a house), similar (almost the same), above (in a higher position), symbol (a thing or a picture that shows something).

What unique challenges had to be overcome in order to construct the Sydney Opera House?


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