Moscow’s new Ferris wheel to see farther than London Eye

In a bid to attract more tourists, Moscow is looking to build the world’s largest Ferris wheel.

The 220-meter wheel, dubbed The Moscow View, will take visitors higher than the UK’s London Eye and Asia’s most visible attraction, the Singapore Flyer.

Currently the authorities are scouting out a location for the gigantic structure. Candidates include Prospekt Vernadskogo, Gorky Park and the All-Russian Exhibition Center.

The project is expected to cost $300 million. It is hoped the attraction will make a return on investment within five to seven years.

This is not the first time Moscow’s authorities have aimed high. Back in July, Muscovites were invited to enjoy the capital’s views from a UFO.

“Flying Saucer” is the nickname given by locals to a 100-meter-high observation capsule attached to the Zhivopisny Bridge in the west of the city. The structure, which was opened in 2007, is the first cable-stayed bridge over the Moskva River.

The capsule, though, remains closed. Initially it was to be turned into a restaurant, but the plan was abandoned due to a lack of investment and fire safety concerns.

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