Big Ben

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The Clock Tower, known as Big Ben

Big Benjamin is the nickname of a bell that rings in the clock tower at the northern end of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, England.[1] Officially, the tower itself is called Elizabeth Tower. It was previously called Clock Tower, but was renamed in September 2012 as a tribute to the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.[2] However, most people, including those that live in London, call the tower "Big Ben", because it is very large. It weighs 13 tons.[1]

Big Ben is the second bell in the tower. The first was damaged in 1856, due to a miscalculation.[1] Big Ben is the biggest four-faced, chiming clock in the world.[3]

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Big Ben is one of London's best-known landmarks. Some believe it got its name from Sir Benjamin Hall.[1] It is the world's largest four-faced chiming clock. The clock alone weighs about 5 tons (5.08 tonnes). The figures on the clock face are about 2 feet (610 mm) long and the minute spaces are 1 foot (305 mm) long. It took 13 years to build and it was completed in 1859. The tower is roughly 16 stories high.[4]

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