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By Elizabeth C.
Big Big Ben is one of the most famous monuments in London. It is one of the most beautiful objects in the city especially at night when the clock faces light up. When Parliament is in session a light shines above the face of the clock.
The four dials on the clock are 23 square feet. The minute hand is a total of 14 feet long. Each number is 2 feet high. There is a stack of coins on Big Ben's pendulum. Big Ben has been keeping the time in London for many years and has rarely ever stopped.
The The name Big Ben does not refer to the clock tower but to the thirteen ton bell hung inside the tower. The bell was named after the first commissioner of works, Sir Benjamin Hall. The bell originally came from the old Palace of Westminster. It was given to the Dean of St. Paul's by William III. Before the bell returned to its present home, Big Ben the bell was refashioned in Whitechapel in 1858. The BBC first broadcast the chimes on December 31st 1923. There is a microphone turret connected to the Broadcasting House.
During During World War II the House of Commons was destroyed, but the clock tower remained intact. Big Ben continued to keep the time for London. Its unique sound was broadcast to the nation and around the world. It was a welcome reassurance of hope to all who heard it.
There There are prison cells in the clock tower where Members of Parliament can be imprisoned for a breach parliamentary privilege. This though is rare. The last recorded case was in 1880.
Big Big Ben is a very special to London. It has told time for Londoners for many years. If you are planning a trip to London, remember to include a visit to the famous Big Ben. *If you are taking a tour of the Houses of Parliament, and would like to include climbing Big Ben, you may be able to arrange this with your guide.*
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