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Big Ben

Big Ben in LondonThe Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster, better known as Big Ben, is one of the most famous monuments to visit in London.

The Big Ben tower is the most representative building of London and it contains one of the largest mechanical watches in the world.

Big Ben is the common worldwide known name, and this name comes from the main bell, weighing about 14 tons.

The construction of the Big Ben began back in 1843, after the great fire of London in October 16th 1834, which seriously affected the Palace of Westminster.

Charles Barry was in charge of the reconstruction project and he added a Victorian Gothic style to the palace and the tower.

This monument has a height of 96.3 meters and sits on a base of 225 square meters. Each area of ​​the Big Ben clock measures 7.5 meters. The hour pointer measures 2.7 meters long while the minute pointer measures 4.3 meters.

The clock numbers are around 50 centimeters high.

The watch is known for its reliability, as it has rarely stopped working. Even after it suffered a bombing during the Second World War, the clock has not been altered not even one second.

Additional information

House of Commons, Westminster, SW1A 0AA.
Metro: Westminster, Circle, District and retire.
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7219 4272

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