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Big Ben

Instantly recognizable cultural icon

Big Ben is the name used to refer to the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, but more commonly applied to both the clock and the clock tower. The iconic building is one of the best known landmarks in the world and instantly associated with the English capital.
Previously simply the "Clock Tower", the building’s official name is now the Elizabeth Tower, the new name marking Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Building of the tower was completed in 1858.
There is no consensus on the origin of the nickname Big Ben. Some believe it came from Sir Benjamin Hall, who supervised the installation of the Great Bell, while others associate it with English heavyweight boxing champion Benjamin Caunt.
The instantly recognizable sound of the clock’s chimes is used to mark many national events, from welcoming in the New Year to marking the opening of the 2012 London Olympic Games or on Remembrance Day to commemorate the members of the armed forces killed in the line of duty. The news on the popular ITN News at Ten used to open with the chimes punctuating the individual headlines, another symbolic use of the landmark building’s function as a national cultural icon.

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  • so beautiful, saw it during the day and night.
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  • Look, tripwolves, it's Big Ben. Fun fact: the clock gets its name from the bell, not the tower itself. Regardless, it's one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world and since it's a clock as well, makes for a terrific meeting spot.
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  • This iconic London landmark is located at the Palace of Westminster (Parliament). They're renaming it Elizabeth Clock in honour of the queen's Jubilee, but hopefully people will continue to use its older moniker.
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  • neat to see
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  • beautiful
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  • The place that our story begin
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  • Have a walk around big ben and the thames at night, you would be amazed how beautiful this city is. Big ben witness events happened, go visit it, no point to miss this wonderful spot (:
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  • awesome
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    Big Ben is a 98 metre high bell tower and it's part of the Palace of Westminster, a monumental, neo-Gothic building where the British Parliament holds its meetings.
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  • Big Ben is not a big tower, but it looks tremendously elegant and deserves to be one of London's main sights
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    Actually it is the name of the inside bell and it is believed that the name was given in honour to the constructor Benjamin Hall
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    Who doesn't know the famous chimes? Go there at a clock hour and hum along!
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