12 Interesting Facts About Big Ben London
We all have a dream of visiting London, at least once in our life. The London trip is not complete, if you didn’t visit Big Ben. There are many interesting facts about Big Ben London, which maximum of us don’t know. Here we discuss some of them in this article.
ABOUT BIG BEN London
Officially named Saint Stephen’s Tower – commonly known as the Big Ben. Another name of Big Ben is Elizabeth tower, it is named after the name of Queen Elizabeth II to give tribute to her.
Big Ben London is the worlds famous tourist place to visit, but still the interior of the tower is not open for overseas visitors. But yes, UK residents can visit through their member of parliament. The tower was constructed between 1843 and 1858, but the clock was installed in the tower at 19th century and it was the world’s largest clock at that time.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BIG BEN
- The clock diameter is 25 ft; hour hand is 9 ft and the minute hand is 14 ft.
- Age of Big Ben is 151 Years.
- Reliability is one of its key features as it has rarely failed or stopped due to any technical issue. The clock kept on tinkling during World War II, even when the House of Commons was destroyed.
- The Big Ben Clock was designed by Edmund Beckett Denison with a remarkable accuracy.
- According to some engineers the tower is leaning but it can’t be seen with naked eyes.
- The main bell in the tower is also known as great bell; its nickname is Big Ben. The original bell weight was 16.25 tones.
- 31st May, 1859 was the first day when Big Ben chimed.
- A golden inspiration is written in Latin at the base of each clock dial. The inspiration is “DOMAINE SALVAM FAC REGINAM NOSTRUM VICTORIAM PRIMAM” its meaning in English is “O LORD SAFE OUR QUEEN VICTORIA THE FIRST”.
- After every 15 minutes the Big Ben chimes and the sound are heard up to 5 miles.
- A union flag flies from the Victoria tower when parliament is in session.
- Every year the time of the clock is adjusted with the help of an old British penny. A penny is added to the pendulum if the clock is fast and one is removed if the clock is slow.
- Big Ben has gone through different problems for very first day when the decision was taken to build it. Budget issues or delays in delivery and even minute hand were changed twice as it was too heavy to move around the clock face.