The Westminster Palace (the meeting place of the Parliament) is located in London, on the northern bank of the Thames. The Great Fire of 1834 damaged a great part of the palace, which had to be rebuilt (the decision to construct a tower and a clock was made back then).

Within this building, there’s a tower with more than 96 meters, which has one of the most famous clocks in the world, whose dials have a size of 49.15 square meters and the size of their clock hands is of 2.7 and 4.7 meters respectively.

Initially, the tower in which the clock is built was known as the clock tower and, in 2012, it was renamed Elizabeth Tower, during the commemorative events of the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.

A bell (Great Bell) was placed inside the tower, the Big Ben. And tolled for the first time on the 31st of May of 1859.

This name, Big Ben, may be due to the high stature of Sir Benjamin Hall.

It was a member of the Works Committee.

The bell was manufactured in London, it weighs about 13.5 tons, has a height of 2.93 meters and a diameter of 2.2 meters. Its hammers weigh about 200 kilograms.

Currently the bell tolls on the hour (the quarter Bels are the ones that toll every 15 minutes).

Big Ben is one the most important symbols of the United Kingdom. Often, its name is given to the tower, the clock and the bell.

Go there and see it.

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