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Mesmerize yourself looking satellite view of big ben, clock tower of the Houses of Parliament. This is one of London's iconic landmarks and on most tourist's must visit place.

If you were to name all of the famous buildings in England’s capital city of London, it would certainly be a long list, with many of these landmarks being known the world over. Know about greatest time keeper of london. One of the world’s most famous landmarks, Big Ben is the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament. “Big Ben” was originally the nickname given to the 13 ton “Great Bell of Westminster,” but the term ultimately came to include the clock and St. Stephen’s Tower. The original Palace of Westminster was constructed in the eleventh century at the command of Edward the Confessor. The Palace consists of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two-combined making up the British Parliament. The Palace as it stands today is quite different from the original; the spectacular Gothic architecture was designed by Charles Barry to blend in with Westminster Abbey.

Big Ben is still broadcast today on BBC Radio 4 at certain times. The sounds of Big Ben have traditionally been the focus of the entry of the New Year. In December 1999 they were of particular significance, marking the beginning of the new Millennium. The sounds of the chimes of Big Ben were relayed on television and radio broadcasts and to the crowd assembled in the Millennium Dome. For the first time also, cameras were located in the belfry of Big Ben, so that viewers could see as well as hear the chimes and twelve o’clock being struck on bells.

Big Ben Clock Tower: Theories

There are two unproven theories about the name Big Ben. One plausible story is that the name is drawn from Sir Benjamin Hall, chief commissioner of works at the time Big Ben’s was hung in 1858. Big Ben is the largest clock in Britain, with four dials that are each twenty-four feet in diameter; the minute hands are fourteen feet long. Big Ben is actually the second 13-ton bell made for the clock; the first cracked during testing.

Construction and History

The next 114 years of the clock’s history were relatively serene and Big Ben soon developed a reputation for great accuracy. In 1906, the Big Ben’s gas lighting of the dials was replaced by electric lighting. Electric winding of Big Ben was introduced in 1912. The chimes of Big Ben were first heard on the 11th of July 1859. It is arguably the most famous part of the clock tower attached to London’s Houses of Parliament and was constructed under the reign of Queen Victoria I. Architect Charles Barry commissioned a fourteen-ton bell to lie within the clock tower. It would be the largest bell ever crafted and would ring every hour on the hour to the exact second of real time. It was also required that records of the ringing would be reported to headquarters at Greenwich twice a day to maintain accuracy. Historians believe that the bell cost about £572 to complete, a very large sum for the time. Unfortunately, the original bell was cracked beyond repair in 1857 when it was being tested, and had to be replaced. Today, Big Ben is the nickname given to the thirteen-and-a-half-ton bell within the belfry of the Elizabeth Tower. Many believe that the bell is called Ben to honor Sir Benjamin Hall, the first commissioner of works on the project. To this day it is one of the most notable London landmarks and still chimes the hour to many tourists on a daily basis.

House Of Parliament And Big Ben

This impressive building was built in the 19th century in Neogothic style after the previous Parliament was destroyed in a fire. The bell tower (96 meters high), known throughout the world as Big Ben, was built at the same time. The name refers to the large bell, donated by Sir Benjamin Hall, the commissioner of the works, who was well known for his large size. The building is famous for its 100 rooms and 100 stairways, but it is not open to the public. The only way to see it is to attend the sessions of the House of Lords or Commons from the public galleries (Tues., Wed., Thurs starting at noon) or take a guided tour in the summer, when parliament is not in session.

Satellite View of Big Ben using Google Earth Data

Satellite view is showing Big Ben, the Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster also known as the Houses of Parliament, the seat of the House of Lords and the House of Commons, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Palace of Westminster is located in London.

Some interesting & fun facts

  1. Big ben is Greatest time keeper of london.
  2. Permanent UK residents can arrange a Clock Tower tour (lasting about 75 minutes) through their local MP or a member of the House of Lords. Early booking, 3-6 months in advance, is recommended, as is reasonably good health for that long climb up to the belfry.
  3. Here is a fun fact: the Big Ben has rarely stopped, and even after a bomb destroyed the Commons chamber during World War II, the clock tower survived and the Big Ben continued to function. You will also have the chance to visit the mechanism room and see how the clock functions.
  4. Movie Connection: It connects itself with movies. The Big Ben is the most iconic film location in the city of London. It features in the animated adaptation of Peter Pan, The Thirty Nine Steps, Mary Poppins and the popular Hindi movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Also, the climax to the animated movie The Great Mouse Detective takes place inside the Big Ben.