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?
an observation tower
a lookout platform near the Tower of London
a giant Ferris wheel
Why was the London Eye constructed?
to celebrate 2000
to celebrate 1000 year anniversary of London
to honor the World Opticians' Congress in London
What was the idea behind the first Ferris wheel?
the cycle of life
the turning of the century
the world continues turning
How high is the London Eye?
442 feet (135 meters)
533 feet (162 meters)
601 feet (183 meters)
How did the London Eye come to be built?
competition organized by he British Government
a public tender by the London City Council
competition for a monument organized by a newspaper
Who was the architect of the London Eye?
London Monument Company
What was the official name of the project when it was opened to the public?
Marks Barfield Eye in the Sky
British Airways Millennium Wheel
When did the London Eye become a permanent attraction?
What was the economic status of the wheel in 2005?
not yet profitable
was making money
By June 2008 how many people had visited the site?
1 million visitors
10 million visitors
30 million visitors
Who bought the wheel In 2006?
What were some considerations that led to the concept of this giant Ferris wheel?
There were no observation points in London.
They wanted a dynamic monument.
They had loved Ferris wheels in their youth.
How does the London Eye differ from a traditional Ferris wheel?
It rotates a lot slower than a regular Ferris wheel.
Passengers sit in fully enclosed capsules.
The capsules run on special tracks and are not attached to the rim.
What is the special structural feature of the London Eye?
It is supported on one side and hangs over the River Thames.
It hangs between two "A" shaped frames.
It basically sits on a semicircular motorized bowl.
How long are the legs of the wheel's supporting structure?
120 feet (36.5 meters)
190 feet (58 meters)
220 feet (67 meters)
How does the wheel turn?
Hydraulic motors turn the hub of the wheel.
Small jet engines attached to the rim of the wheel "fly" the wheel in a circle.
Motorized truck tires in the base towers move the rim of the wheel.
What is the weight of this structure?
1,117 tons (1,013 tonnes)
1,322 tons (1,200 tonnes)
1,322 tons (1,431 tonnes)
How many capsules are there?
How many passengers can each capsule hold?
On a clear day, how far can you see from the top of the London Eye?