London Big Ben


One of the london landmarks known to the whole world with the naked eye and by anyone, that is the Big ben, the wonderful clock tower that is in Westminster and that in reality Big Ben is not the clock itself but the 14 ton bell that is inside the tower and that is what you hear every time the hours are struck. It is not really known where the name comes from, although many say that he was nicknamed that way because of his great resemblance to the London construction manager, named Benjamin, when the tower and the clock were built, although I don't know ...

It is also known as the Clock Tower (the clock tower) and the sound of Big Ben has become famous around the world just like the Westminster clocks. Every year, on December 31, the BBC emits the famous chimes from Big Ben, something that it has done since 1923. Inside the famous tower there are 4 clocks and 5 bells, the largest being the protagonist of this article. Right there is the headquarters English Parliament.

In 1856 a reconstruction of the Palace of westminster and this tower was added, which took about 13 years to build. The main bell, Big Ben, had to be changed several times since it cracked every time the hammer hit it, so they decided to try changing the hammer so that the blows were not as strong. That turned out wonderfully and remains so to this day. The tower itself is not open to the public, although UK residents can send a request to Parliament to arrange a visit.

Listen to Big Ben's bongs sound for last time before they fall silent (February 2023)


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