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понедельник, 14 февраля 2011 г.

87. England Stories Series: London Eye

London Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe that is located on the banks of the river Thames in the capital of England, London. It was designed by a team of seven architects. The height of this structure is 135 meters. London Eye was erected in 1999 as the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, until it was surpassed by two other observation wheels in Nanchang and Singapore. It is the most popular attraction of the English capital, attended by over 3.5 mln. tourists annually. At the worst point of the Global Economic Recession in 2009 this Thameside attraction made over £25 mln. in profit.*** The wheel carries 32 sealed, air-conditioned, egg-shaped cabins, each of them can hold up to 25 people. A predecessor of London Eye was the Great Wheel built in 1895, modelled on the famous Ferris Wheel in Chicago. The Great Wheel was 94 meters high, stayed in service until 1906 and was demolished in 1907.

*Photo by a wikipedia user Diliff. Used by permission of the author (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:London_Eye_Twilight_April_2006.jpg)
**More information on London Eye read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Eye