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London Eye • Location: Western end of Jubilee Gardens, on the South Bank of the River Thames, London, UK • Constructed: 1999 • Use: Observation wheel • Height: 135 meters (443 ft) • Companies Architect: David Marks, Julia Barfield, Malcolm Cook, Mark Sparrowhawk, Steven Chilton and Nic Bailey
London Eye • The London Eye is the UK’s most popular paid for visitor attraction, visited by over 3.5 million people a year. A breathtaking feat of design and engineering, passengers in the London Eye's capsules can see up to 40 kilometres in all directions. • The wheel design was used as a metaphor of the turning of the century.
Millennium Dome • The Millennium Dome, often referred to simply as The Dome, is the original name of a large dome-shaped building, originally used to house the Millennium Experience, a major exhibition celebrating the beginning of the third millennium.
Millennium Dome • Type: Exhibition space • Architectural style: Dome • Structural system: Steel & tensioned fabric Location: Drawdock Road / Millennium WayGreenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0BBEngland • Construction Completed: 1999 • Design team Architect: Richard Rogers • Structural engineer: Buro Happold • Awards and prizes: Royal Academy of Engineering,MacRobert Award
River of Fire" Highlights London 2000 London's "Big Time" party along the Thames will last 24-hours As Big Ben strikes midnight in the Year 2000 for the first time, the Thames river through the heart of London will be a three mile long party zone with a "River of Fire" that will be traveling at the speed of sound..
River of Fire" Highlights London 2000 • Up to three million people who gathered in the capital and millions of television viewers had hoped to see 200ft flames rising above the water and shooting along the river. • One spectator who was watching from Southwark Bridge, said: "A sheet of white flames went up, maybe about 50ft high. The flames seemed to come from separate points on two or three barges.” • "Then almost instantly they were overtaken by the fireworks display, so we didn't see a wall of fire.”
River of Fire" Highlights London 2000 The flames were short-lived Fireworks were spectacular - but the river of fire was not
Bridge of Sighs in Venice • The bridge name, given by Lord Byron in the 19th century, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice out the window before being taken down to their cells. In reality, the days of inquisitions and summary executions were over by the time the bridge was built, and the cells under the palace roof were occupied mostly by small-time criminals.
Bridge of Sighs (Cambridge) The Bridge of Sighs in Cambridge was built in 1831 and crosses the River Cam between the college's Third Court and New Court. It is named after the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, although they have little architecturally in common beyond the fact that they are both covered. The bridge is one of Cambridge's main tourist attractions and Queen Victoria is said to have loved it more than any other spot in the city.
Bridge of Sighs (Oxford) • Hertford Bridgeis often referred to as the "Bridge of Sighs" because of its supposed similarity to the famous bridge of the same name in Venice. The bridge links together the Old and New Quadrangles of Hertford College.