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Big Ben

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Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower as well. The tower is officially known as Elizabeth Tower, renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012; previously, it was known simply as the Clock Tower. When completed in 1859, it was, says clockmaker Ian Westworth, “the prince of timekeepers: the biggest, most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world.” The tower had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009, during which celebratory events took place.
A British cultural icon, the tower is one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in the establishing shot of films set in London.


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The Elizabeth Tower (previously called the Clock Tower), more popularly known as Big Ben, was raised as a part of Charles Barrys design for a new palace, after the old Palace of Westminster was largely destroyed by fire on the night of 16 October 1834. The new parliament was built in a neo-gothic style. Although Barry was the chief architect of the palace, he turned to Augustus Pugin for the design of the clock tower, which resembles earlier Pugin designs, including one for Scarisbrick Hall in Lancashire. The design for the tower was Pugins last design before his final descent into madness and death, and Pugin himself wrote, at the time of Barrys last visit to him to collect the drawings: "I never worked so hard in my life for Mr Barry for tomorrow I render all the designs for finishing his bell tower & it is beautiful." The tower is designed in Pugins celebrated Gothic Revival style, and is 315 feet (96.0 m) high.

The bottom 200 feet (61.0 m) of the towers structure consists of brickwork with sand-coloured Anston limestone cladding. The remainder of the towers height is a framed spire of cast iron.

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Tothill House, Page St, London / England / GB,
United Kingdom, SW1A 0AA.
Website - http://www.parliament.uk/bigbe n
Telephone - 020 7219 4272
Email - hcinfo@parliament.uk

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    Posted by - Pavithra Mani | 1 year ago

    This is a magnificent tower in London and I feel truly captures the spirit of the city. One can spend hours just gazing at it, especially in the night. I love to read my book and gaze up at the tower

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    Posted by - Allan Higson-Sweeney | 1 year ago

    My dad took me near here when I was just 6 years old. Dear god was that one of the worst summers of my life. I even got robbed again even when I was six years old the world still felt that getting mug

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    Posted by - Michael Wiggin | 1 year ago

    What a sight to see! I've spent most of my adulthood seeing Big Ben on TV and in the movies, but it was 100x more interesting in real life! So much detail on the clock tower! It stands out from many p

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    Posted by - Tom Quickenden | 1 year ago

    Probably the most iconic London attraction.

    It has so much history, it's far more than just a tourist spot!

    The architecture is incredible, and the sheer size needs to be see

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    Posted by - Norberto Lopes | 1 year ago

    It's a clock. And people love it. I love it. You should visit and take pictures. If you don't like crowded places it's at least worth visiting once but be aware most times it's pretty crowded.

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    Posted by - James Richardson | 1 year ago

    For a long time I've wanted to come see Big Ben! 16 years living in the UK (North) and many visits after but never made it there :(

    ... until last week!!

    Really great sight t

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    Posted by - James Richardson | 1 year ago

    For a long time I've wanted to come see Big Ben! 16 years living in the UK (North) and many visits after but never made it there :(

    ... until last week!!

    Really great sight t

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    Posted by - James Akehurst | 1 year ago

    I visited the area with a group of friends, with our main focus of going into Westminster palace to see the Houses of parliament. (We got tickets through our local MP)

    The clock it's self

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    Posted by - Nicholas Schaeffer | 1 year ago

    Big Ben is magnificent and taller than expected. Go there just to meet Big Ben in person. I have such appreciation for the size and magnitude that Big Ben has. Just outstanding! Worth the wait

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    Posted by - Tessmer Mitchell | 1 year ago

    Big Ben is one of the most iconic clock towers in the world and is worth seeing if you ever visit London. However, if you don't mind crossing a very busy road in a matter of seconds or being in crowds

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    Posted by - Discovering Destinations | 1 year ago

    Where: Big Ben - London, UK
    What: The clock and clock tower
    How was it: Big Ben is great. You can't really miss this place, as it's right in the centre of things. This whole sector with