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The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Circle, is a devil mill built in 1999 to celebrate the new millennium. On this occasion, the Millennium Bridge and the O2 Arena were also created. It is located in Lambeth, on the south bank of the River Thames. The structure is 135 m high and is the highest observation wheel in Europe.
The opening of the facility was made by Tony Blair on December 31, 1999, but for technical reasons the attraction was not available to tourists until March 2000. The London Eye consists of 32 capsules. This number refers to the number of London neighborhoods. Each capsule holds 25 people. It moves at a speed of 0.8 km / h, which allows the passengers to rotate without having to stop the wheel. The entire rotation lasts 30 minutes. At this time you can enjoy the panorama of London within a radius of nearly 50 km, with the imposing Westminster Palace in the foreground.
At first it was assumed that the London Eye would be over the Thames for 5 years. Its popularity, however, convinced the city authorities to extend the life of the facility.