The Ultimate London Eye Quiz

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About This Quiz

Most of the major cities of the world boast tourist attractions of some kind or another. Not many cities can present a giant Ferris wheel as their main tourist attraction. When it was built, the London Eye was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. Take this quiz to learn more about this gigantic wheel.

What is the London Eye?

The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel.

Why was the London Eye constructed?

It was built to celebrate the dawn of the new millennium, the year 2000.

What was the idea behind the first Ferris wheel?

It was meant to symbolize the turning of the century.

How high is the London Eye?

It stands 442 feet (135 meters) tall.

How did the London Eye come to be built?

The London Sunday Times organized a competition in 1993 for ideas for a monument to celebrate the change of century.

Who was the architect of the London Eye?

The company of Marks Barfield presented the winning concept.

What was the official name of the project when it was opened to the public?

It was known as the British Airways Millennium Wheel.

When did the London Eye become a permanent attraction?

Although originally it was given a five-year permit, in 2002 it was granted permanent status.

What was the economic status of the wheel in 2005?

It had not yet made a profit.

By June 2008 how many people had visited the site?

Some 30 million visitors had paid to visit the wheel.

Who bought the wheel In 2006?

The Tussauds Group, owners of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, bought the wheel in 2006.

What were some considerations that led to the concept of this giant Ferris wheel?

The architects noted that London lacked observation points offering views of the skyline and surrounding landscape. A big rotating wheel would offer large numbers of people to enjoy the view at the same time, as well as symbolizing the turn of the century.

How does the London Eye differ from a traditional Ferris wheel?

The passengers sit in fully enclosed capsules rather than dangling gondolas.

What is the special structural feature of the London Eye?

It is supported on one side only, which allows it to hang over the River Thames.

How long are the legs of the wheel's supporting structure?

Each leg is over 190 feet (58 meters) long.

How does the wheel turn?

In the two base towers there are standard motorized truck tires acting as friction rollers on the rim of the wheel turning it.

What is the weight of this structure?

This huge wheel weighs 1,322 tons (1,200 tonnes).

How many capsules are there?

There are 32 capsules, representing each of the 32 boroughs of London.

How many passengers can each capsule hold?

Each capsule holds 25 people, meaning that up to 800 people can enjoy the ride at any one time.

On a clear day, how far can you see from the top of the London Eye?

On a clear day you can see 25 miles (40 km) or as far as Windsor Castle.

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