Sydney.com created this insightful infographic to celebrate the Sydney Opera House 40th anniversary. The graphic shares crazy facts about the iconic piece of architecture, including that its design created by Jørn Utzon was nearly discarded after being lost in the shuffle of 222 other proposed designs.
Now that the Opera House has been standing for over 40 years, it is estimate to be host to over 8.2 million visitors each year, 3,000 events annually and about eight shows per day.
Of course a building of this caliber requires a lot of upkeep, like an astounding 15,000 lightbulb changes each year. Although the design of the Sydney Opera House cost 14.5 times more to build than the initial estimate accounted for, it's now a building that is treasured by Australians and people across the globe.
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