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London, England
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Big Ben
— Renamed Elizabeth Tower

 

Big Ben
Big Ben is located in Westminster, on the River Thames. The Great Clock Tower of London was built as a "beacon" for the British Houses of Parliament. One of London's best-known landmarks and a popular tourist attraction, Big Ben is especially stunning after dark, when the clock face is illuminated — it's magical.

Elizabeth Tower
In June 2012, it was announced in London that the landmark clock and tower, widely known as Big Ben, was to be renamed the Elizabeth Tower in honor of Queen Elizabeth II's 60 year reign. 

Back in 1860, when the Palace of Westminster was rebuilt, its west tower (known as the King's Tower), was renamed the Victoria Tower to commemmorate Queen Victoria's 60+ year reign.



Big Ben's 4-Clock Faces
Big Ben's 4-clock faces are 23 feet across with 14-foot "minute" hands and 9-foot "hour" hands.

Visit the Clock Tower
The tower is not open to the general public. However, in special circumstances, a visit to the top of the Clock Tower may be arranged through their local MP (Member of Parliament) or a member of the House of Lords.

Clock Tower Tour



History
Named after Sir Benjamin Hall, the BBC first broadcast Big Ben's chimes on December 31, 1923. The name "Big Ben" actually refers to the massive slightly cracked 13.5 ton bell which stikes on the hour.

Big Ben celebrated its 150th Birthday on May 31, 2009.

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Westminster

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Big Ben

Closeup of Big Ben's Clock Face

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament illuminated at night, London, England

Union Jack Flag hanging along The Mall in London, England

Union Jack Flags along the Mall in London, England

 

 

 

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