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Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and often extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower.
The dial of the Great Clock of Westminster. The hour hand is 9 feet (2.7 m) long and the minute hand is 14 feet (4.3 m) long The clock and dials were designed by Augustus Pugin.
Despite being one of the world's most famous tourist attractions, the interior of the tower is not open to overseas visitors. The Palace of Westminster, Big Ben and Westminster Bridge
Big Ben and environs St Margaret's Church, Parliament Square,Portcullis House, and the London Eye
The mechanism to the clock of the Queen Elizabeth tower and bells of Big Ben.
cleaning The south clock face being cleaned on 11 August 2007
December 1858 Engraving of the second 'Big Ben', taken from The Illustrated News of the World
City view with big Ben in the background At night
The tower is officially known as Elizabeth Tower, renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012; previously it was known simply as the Clock Tower.
The name Big Ben actually refers not to the clock-tower itself, but to the thirteen ton bell hung within. The bell was named after the first commissioner of works, Sir Benjamin Hall. The tower has become one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in the establishing shot of films set in London.
The tower holds the second largest four-faced chiming clock in the world (after Minneapolis City Hall). The tower was completed in 1858 and had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009, during which celebratory events took place.