Big Ben also named as Elizabeth Tower is one of the most prominent symbols of the UK.
Big Ben is the the iconic grade I listed world’s tallest four-faced clock tower at the Parliament House. It has been described as Britain’s most popular and recognisable symbolic landmarks for British. Recently it was renamed Elizabeth Tower. The clock is known for being an excellent time-keeper. The bell chimes every hour on the hour.
Facts and history- when Big Ben built and how tall is big ben
The clock tower was opened in 31 May 1859. It had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009. It took to build Big Ben 34 years. The Elizabeth Tower where the bell chimes is 315 feet (96 meters) tall. The clock weighs about 5 tons. There are 334 steps in the tower. The clock and dials were designed by Augustus Pugin. Big Ben may have been named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who oversaw the installation of the Great Bell or after boxing’s English heavyweight champion Benjamin Caunt.
Dials: The hour hand is 9 feet (2.7 m) long and the minute hand is 14 feet (4.3 m) long. The surround of the dials is gilded. At the base of each clock dial in gilt letters is the Latin inscription: DOMINE SALVAM FAC REGINAM NOSTRAM VICTORIAM PRIMAM Which means O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First.
Movement: The clock’s movement is famous for its reliability. The designers were the lawyer and amateur horologist Edmund Beckett Denison, and George Airy, the Astronomer Royal. Construction was entrusted to clockmaker Edward John Dent; after his death in 1853 his stepson Frederick Dent completed the work, in 1854.
Great Bell: This bell is better known by the nickname Big Ben. The original bell was a 16 ton. The bell was named in honour of Sir Benjamin Hall, and his name is inscribed on it
Big Ben tours
The clock is to fall silent for four years from Monday 21 August 2017. The world famous “bongs” will not be heard until 2021. Major repairing works are being carried out.The tours are now suspended due to refurbishment works. Tours are scheduled to resume in 2021 once the work is complete.
Where Big Ben located-address nearest tube
Address: House of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
Nearest Tube Train and Bus: Westminster station (District, Circle or Jubilee lines), Train- Victoria, Charing Cross and Waterloo mainline stations
Bus– bus numbers 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 211, 453, 507
Big Ben in Action at the New Year’s Eve Celebration