Here is a summary of the Sydney Opera House facts: design, construction, controversy and plans versus reality.
The construction of this majestic building put Sydney on the world map. The opera house is now one of the best tourist attractions in Australia. And it attracts top celebrities such as Oprah who taped a show at the opera in 2010.
But back in the 1950s, things were different. It is difficult to imagine that today's vibrant city was a boring place at that time.
The Harbour Bridge was overlooking a dull tram depot located on the Bennelong Point. A depot with waterfront views. In a city that did not have a concert venue.
So the logic decision was to get rid of the tram house and erect an opera house.
That simple. But this is where the troubles started. And they went on for a number of years.
However the end result is a stunning Australian icon, recognisable by almost anyone in the world. It is on the UNESCO world heritage list.
Here are a few quick facts about the history of Sydney Opera House: