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Moscow's 'London Eye' to be Built in VDNKh

An observation wheel as tall as the London Eye is to be built in Moscow's VDNKh, the city’s Mayor’s Office announced Thursday.

The 135-meter wheel will replace the current pavilion number seven, which was built in 1978.

“The wheel will be the centre piece of a new “Park of the Future” area, replacing aging and outdated attractions in that section of the park”, the Mayor’s office said in a statement.

A covered walk-way, a waxwork museum and a cinema will also be built alongside the wheel.

VDNKh, now officially known as the All-Russia Exhibition Centre, is an expansive Soviet-era park in the capital's north-east. Originally used for parades and exhibitions celebrating the achievements of communism, it fell into disuse and disrepair after the fall of the Soviet state. It has undergone a revival in recent years following new investment from Moscow’s authorities.

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