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Big Ben, in the capital City of England, London, Is actually named after the bell, weighing in a 15.1 tons. But most people refer to Big Ben as the whole clocktower at the northern end of the Houses of Parliament at Westminster.
Formally known as St Stephens tower until 2012, when it was renamed Elizabeth Tower as part of Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
The hands of the clock are 9 and 14 feet long and the clock tower is 320 feet from the ground.
Designed by Edmund Beckett Denison in association with Sir George Airy the astronomer and the clockmaker Edward Dent, ringing its first chimes on 31st May 1859.
Today, Big Ben is an iconic tourist site in London which stands next to the Houses of Parliament and over the river from the London Eye. From which, you can get amazing birds eye views of the clock tower.
Did you Know?
A special Light above the clock faces is illuminated when parliament is in session!
The chimes of Big Ben were first broadcast live by the BBC Radio on 31st December 1923, a tradition of which still stands to this day!
Each clock dial contains 312 pieces of glass.
A stack of pennies placed on the massive pendulum regulates Big Ben’s timekeeping.