BIG BEN IS THE CLOCK TOWER OF THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER AND ONE OF THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED LANDMARKS IN LONDON.
Big Ben, the famous clock tower, which its chimes can be heard from the distance of 14 kilometers to it… The official name of the building, which was constructed as the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster between 1843 and 1859, is the Elizabeth Tower. The four-faced clock Big Ben is located right next to the Palace of Westminster. The tower, which was built in a Victorian Gothic style and 96.3 meters in height, is also known as one of the most photographed symbols of London.
The tower consists of the clockwork mechanism, which weighs 5 tons, and five bells. While the Great Bell weighs 13.5 tons, the other four weighs 1.1 to 4 tons each. The Great Bell chimes on the hour and the quarter bells chime on the quarter hour.
The length of hour figures on Big Ben is 60 centimeters. The glass in each clock dial consists of 312 pieces of pot opal glass. Edmund Beckett Denison had designed the clockwork mechanism of Big Ben with a complete accuracy. Since the day it was built, almost never had an offset. Big Ben continued showing time during the World War II, despite the fact that most of its surrounding buildings were damaged.
Taken part in many film frames, Big Ben can be seen surrounded by photo shooting tourists, souvenir selling street vendors, and street artists in daily life. One of the reasons of Big Ben being always crowded is its close proximity to the London Eye and the Houses of the Parliament, which are very popular tourist attractions.
The best photos of Big Ben can be taken from the London Eye or The Shard. The interior of the clock tower is closed to visitors.