Big Ben, designed by Edmund Beckett Denison and sometimes referred to as
the Clock Tower, is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world.
You ought to include the Clock Tower as one of the "must see"
Here are a few
interesting facts about the Clock Tower:
was built to replace the Old Palace of Westminster, after it was destroyed by
fire in October 1834.
became operational on 7th September 1859.
was designed by Charles Barry.
and its dials were designed by Augustus Pugin.
61 meters of Clock Tower are made up of brickwork and stone cladding and the
remainder of tower is made from cast iron.
leans slightly towards northwest, by 8.66 inches.
of 'Big Ben' weighs 14.5 tonnes. It is the huge size of the bell that inspired
Benjamin Hall to give it the name of Big Ben.
of Clock Tower did not stop working even during World War 2
is sited on a 15-metre square raft, made of 3-metre thick concrete, at 4 meters
below ground level.
faces of the clock are 55 meters above ground. The interior volume of the tower
is 4,650 cubic meters
base of each clock face is a Latin inscription, in gilt letters. It reads -
DOMINE SALVAM FAC REGINAM NOSTRAM VICTORIAM PRIMAM, which means "O Lord,
keep safe our Queen Victoria the First".
Tower is the focus of New Year celebrations in the United Kingdom, with radio
and TV stations tuning to its chimes to welcome the start of the year.
Remembrance Day, the chimes of Big Ben are broadcast to mark the 11th
hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
"News at Ten" opening sequence features an image of the Clock Tower,
with the sound of clock's chimes punctuating the announcement of the news
headlines. It has done so, on and off, for the last 41 years.
light (a small light at the top of the Clock Tower) is lit, it indicates that
either the House of Commons or the House of Lords is sitting.
Turret clocks seen around
the world have been inspired by the look of the Great Clock of Big Ben.