If you have ever visited Big Ben in London, seen its pictures or even heard its name, then you probably would have thought that the name referred to the clock. In fact, Big Ben is not the nickname of the clock at all! It is actually the nickname of the bell of the clock. Located at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, the clock and its tower, whose name was changed to the Elizabeth Tower, is one of the most famous landmarks in England. People from all over the world flock to see Big Ben, many of who are clueless of its significance but visit because it is famous. The tower is over 150 years old and stands at 315ft. high.
Despite its international fame, the inside of the tower is not open to overseas visitors. Over the years, the clock has faced damage, malfunction and has received plenty of maintenance due to its age. Big Ben has been used to chime at special events such as New Year's and has appeared in numerous T.V., radio shows and movies. Regardless of whether entry into the tower is allowed or not, at least one lifetime visit should be on your list of places to see.
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