Recommended Reading Big Ben To Stop Chiming For Four Years

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robert august.

If you go to London it’s hard to miss the ever-present “Big Ben” (or as it is known now, the Queen Elizabeth Tower – Big Ben actually refers to the largest bell). The clock tower that was erected in 1859 next to Westminster Palace chimes over the River Thames, and has become one of the city’s greatest landmarks. Not only that, it was also a beacon of hope for Londoners during the air raids of the Blitz, when it managed to survive with only a blown out dial on one side (the clock performed unfailingly throughout the Blitz).

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