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Big Ben

Big Ben

Big Ben

Quick facts about Big Ben

  • Name: Big Ben, Great Bell, Elizabeth Tower
  • Built: 1859
  • Location: London, UK
  • Type of attraction: Architectural/Tower Clock
  • Ticket price: Free

Big Ben is a nickname of Elizabeth Tower, previously called the Clock Tower and it is a part of Westminster Palace. It is unmissable landmark  and widely recognizable symbol of London and the UK in general. The tower has four clock faces one on each side of the tower, so passersbys can check the time from any location around it.

It was built in 19th century during the renovation effort of the old Palace of Westminster that was largely destroyed by fire in 1834. It was original designed by the architect Charles Barry but finalized by Augustus Pugin in neo-gothic style, similar to Scarisbrick Hall in Lancashire.

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Interesting facts about Big Ben

  • Bells chime every fifteen minutes (not during renovation).

  • The hour hands are 9 feet long, the minute hands are 14 feet long.

  • The clock mechanism was designed by Edmund Beckett Denison, who was not a clockmaker, but a lawyer.
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