Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower
Previously known officially as the Clock Tower, but renamed Elizabeth Tower to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, this glorious British structure has become an integral part of any tourists visit to the capital. Big Ben is as iconic as the red buses and black cabs that drive through the streets of London and was first conceived by designer Augustus Pugin before construction finished in 1859.
The name Big Ben was given to the 13 ton bell that chimes every 15 minutes throughout the day, and the tower itself stands at 96 metres, with the clock dials measuring 7 metres in diameter.
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