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Big Ben Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London (officially known simply as Clock Tower)
History The tower was completed in 1858 and has become one of the most prominent symbols of both London and England
The Palace of Westminster, the Clock Tower and Westminster BridgeThe present Clock Tower – metonymically referred to as Big Ben, and historically confused with St Stephen's Tower – was raised as a part of Charles Barry's design for a new palace, after the old Palace of Westminster was largely destroyed by fire on the night of 16 October 1834
Dials The dial of the Great Clock of Westminster. The hour hand is 2.7 metres (9 ft) long and the minute hand is 4.3 metres (14 ft) long
At the base of each clock dial in gilt letters is the Latin inscription:“DOMINE SALVAM FAC REGINAM NOSTRAM VICTORIAM PRIMAM”Which means O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First.
Great Bell The second 'Big Ben' (centre) and the Quarter Bells from The Illustrated News of the World 4 December 1858
The main bell, officially known as the Great Bell, is the largest bell in the tower and part of the Great Clock of Westminster. The bell is better known by the nickname Big Ben.
Chimes One of the requirements for the clock was that the first stroke of the hour bell should register the time, correct to within one second per day.So, at twelve o'clock, for example, it is the first of the twelve chimes that signifies the hour.
Significance in popular culture The clock has become a symbol of the United Kingdom and London, particularly in the visual media.
The Clock Tower is a focus of New Year celebrations in the United Kingdom, with radio and TV stations tuning to its chimes to welcome the start of the year.
on Remembrance Day, the chimes of Big Ben are broadcast to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month and the start of two minutes' silence.
Accolades A survey of 2,000 people found that the tower was the most popular landmark in the United Kingdom Big Ben was polled as the Most Iconic London Film Location.