Big Ben… A must visit icon!

All my life I have known a bit about London by this iconic Big Ben. Some of my friends who had travelled to London, UK had given me key chains, fridge magnets, t-shirts or some souvenirs with Big Ben on it!


Big Ben

So when I was in London, I was very excited in visiting Big Ben. I have seen it many times online and in travel shows but nothing beats it in seeing with your own eyes. I was one of the first few places on my ‘to visit places’ in London.


Big Ben

I was amazed on how huge is the parliament house! The building is well maintained and looks really clean despite being so old (as of 2014, it is 156 years old!). I was very excited in snapping as many photos I could while I was there. If you are travelling to London, you must visit Big Ben!

Here are Big Ben Facts, which some of us may not know:

  • The massive bell inside the clock tower, weighs more than 13 tons (13,760 kg)
  • The tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower.
  • Each dial is seven metres in diameter
  • The minute hands are 4.2 metres long and weigh about 100kg (including counterweights)
  • The numbers are approximately 60cm long
  • There are 312 pieces of glass in each clock dial
  • A special light above the clock faces is illuminated when parliament is in session
  • Big Ben’s timekeeping is strictly regulated by a stack of coins placed on the huge pendulum.
  • Big Ben has rarely stopped. Even after a bomb destroyed the Commons chamber during the Second World War, the clock tower survived and Big Ben continued to strike the hours.
  • The chimes of Big Ben were first broadcast by the BBC on 31 December 1923, a tradition that continues to this day.
  • The Latin words under the clock face read ‘DOMINE SALVAM FAC REGINAM NOSTRAM VICTORIAM PRIMAM’, which means O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First
  • In June 2012 the House of Commons announced that the clock tower was to be renamed the Elizabeth Tower in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

Visited in 2012.


Big Ben




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