Sydney Opera House Placed On Australia's National Heritage List; UNESCO's World List May Be Next

Classic Arts News   Sydney Opera House Placed On Australia's National Heritage List; UNESCO's World List May Be Next
 
The Sydney Opera House has been placed on Australia's National Heritage List, Reuters reports.

The building, designed by Danish architect Joern Utzon and completed in 1973, joins 12 other Australian cultural icons, sites, and buildings.

Ian Campbell, Australian Environment and Heritage Minister, said, "[The opera house's] construction marked the end of Australia's cultural cringe and put us on the world stage, revealing a confidence in the international standing of our own heritage and culture."

The national listing is seen as a necessary step toward putting the opera house on UNESCO's international list; Australia plans to nominate the building for inclusion on the U.N. agency's World Heritage List in 2007.


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