The London Eye

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  • Quite possibly the most renowned and most photographed Ferris wheel in the world, the London Eye reaches an impressive height of 135 metres. Completed in 2000, it is situated upon the south bank of the River Thames in the heart of the capital of the United Kingdom. With a massive diameter of 120 metres, the Eye cost more than 70 million pounds to build. It is not only an impressive ride but also a significant tourist attraction of the city – it has nearly 4 million visitors annually. With 32 ovoidal capsules weighing 10 tonnes each, the Eye is truly one of the modern-day wonders of the world.

    Designed by architects Frank Anatole, Nic Bailey, Julia Barfield, Steve Chilton, Malcolm Cook, David Marks, and Mark Sparrowhawk, the Eye is known to have had a worthy predecessor: the Great Wheel (built for the Empire of India Exhibition at Earls Court and officially opened on 17 July 1895). On 5 June 2008, the wheel celebrated its 30,000,000th passenger.

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