This world landmark, completed in 1973, won architecture's highest honor, the Pritzker Prize, in 2003 for its distinctive 20th-century style. Architect Jorn Utzon, of Denmark, said it was "a symbol for not only a city, but for a whole country and continent." The structure's expressionist-modern design resembles seashells (intentionally), and houses the biggest and best of Australia's performing arts — Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company, and the Sydney Symphony. From above and from afar, the shells' roof shines a majestic white from the more than 1 million matted cream Swedish-made tiles, making this sight arresting in its detail and its grandeur.
Busy body: The Sydney Opera house hosts 3,000 events each calendar year.