Follow the Thames
You are looking across the River Thames at The Millennium Dome located in Greenwich, home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 0º longitude. A few facts about the Millennium Dome: The Dome is actually a tent - The worlds biggest. It covers 20 acres of land, is 320 metres in diameter, 50 metres high and has a circumference of 1 kilometre The Dome is huge, twice the size of Trafalgar Square, envelopes ten times the cubic footage of St Paul's Cathedral, could contain 13 Albert Halls or 2 Wembley Stadiums. It is the largest enclosed structure in the world. The canvas is made of glass fibre, coated with PTFE (which makes it self cleaning) and is in two layers for insulation. The Canvas is supported on 12 steel masts, each 100 metres high, using a net of more than 72 km (45 miles) of high strength steel cable. The Dome was built at a cost of £758,000,000 (it was later necessary to spend a further £29,000,000 to fix problems). A major feature of the Dome was to be ecology. Even to clear it's site involved the clean up of a heavily polluted area which once housed the largest gasworks in Europe. All water used in the toilets is recycled and is collected from rainwater which falls on the roof. One of the exhibitions involved the construction of the largest object ever made of recycled cardboard. The Millennium Dome opened on the evening of 31 December 1999 and closed as an exhibition on the 31 December 2001. For the remainder of it's planned 25 year life the Dome is to be used as a business park.
on the applet to see a view of the Millennium Dome at night.
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