Moscow-850

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Moscow-850 with both open and enclosed cars visible
All-Russia Exhibition Centre and Moscow-850, seen from the Cosmos Hotel
The view from the top

Moscow-850 (Russian: Москва-850) was a giant Ferris wheel which operated at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre, Moscow, Russia, from 1997 until it was dismantled in March 2016.[1][2]

Moscow-850 had a diameter of 70 metres (230 ft)[3] and an overall height of 73 metres (240 ft). Constructed for Moscow's 1997 850th anniversary, it was promoted as the highest attraction in Moscow and Eastern Europe. It had 40 passenger cars, of which five were open, and the remainder enclosed. Each car could accommodate eight passengers, and each rotation took seven minutes.[4]

At the time of its construction, Moscow-850 was the tallest extant Ferris wheel in Europe,[3] but in 1999 it was surpassed by the 90-metre (300 ft) Eurowheel at Mirabilandia, Ravenna, Italy.

Moscow-850 was the tallest Ferris wheel in Russia until an 80-metre (262 ft) wheel opened near Sochi in 2012.[5] A taller wheel, the 170-metre (558 ft) Rus-3000, was planned to open in Moscow in 2004[6][7] but the project was cancelled.[8] Subsequently, an approximately 180-metre (591 ft)[9] wheel was considered for Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure,[10][11] and a 150-metre (492 ft) wheel proposed for a location near Sparrow Hills.[12]

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Coordinates: 55°49′40″N 37°38′25″E / 55.82786°N 37.64020°E / 55.82786; 37.64020