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http://www.theage.com.au/news/World...d-Heritage-list/2007/06/28/1182624058641.html

Opera House makes World Heritage list
June 28, 2007 - 3:34PM

The Sydney Opera House has achieved World Heritage listing.

A meeting of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee in New Zealand on Thursday voted to add the Australian icon to the list.

The Opera House has joined more than 800 other sites including the Taj Mahal, the Statue of Liberty, the Great Wall of China and Egypt's pyramids as UNESCO-listed sites.

UNESCO spokesman Roni Amelan said the decision was made by the committee without a single dissenting voice.

"There was absolutely no voices against it. It was unanimous," Amelan said.

"There was consensus that it was a truly outstanding, iconic building that was a defining moment in 20 century architecture."

It was a case of third time lucky for the Opera House, which has failed in bids to be included in the register in 1981 and 1996.

The Opera House is only the second piece of Australian architecture on the list, after Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens were added in 2004.

Australia now has 17 sites listed, including the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park, Uluru and fossil sites at Riversleigh and Naracoorte.

It had been expected the Opera House, which opened in 1973, would be added to the list, after a recommendation from architecture experts investigating the building for the past two and a half years.

The committee that voted on Thursday's decision is made up of 21 of UNESCO's 183 members.

The UNESCO meeting in Christchurch is due to end on Monday.
 

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Bout bloody time! You little ripper SOH.
 

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About bloody time! Definiately one of the most important 20th C building worldwide.
 
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