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The Great Westminster Clock

By budapestbill      
Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and often extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower.

It is now officially known as Elizabeth Tower, renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012; previously it was known simply as the Clock Tower.

The tower holds the second largest four-faced chiming clock in the world (after Minneapolis City Hall). The tower was completed in 1858 and had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009, during which celebratory events took place.

The tower has become one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in the establishing shot of films set in London.

Previously called the Clock Tower or St. Stephen's Tower, more popularly known as Big Ben, it 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.

The new Parliament was built in a Neo-gothic style.

Tags: United kingdom Architecture Big ben Clock tower City of london Palace of westminster Clock face Charles Barry Elizabeth Tower The Great Westminster Clock Neo-Gothic Style

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