1. Big Ben is the clock tower near the London Parliament building.
2. Big Ben is the largest omnidirectional clock in the world
3. Big Ben is the name of the largest of the five bells in the same Palace of Westminster.
4. Since its inception in 1859, it serves as the most accurate and reliable clock in London.
5. The real name of this attraction is “Clock Tower”. Big Ben is the nickname of the main bell located inside the building.
6. The accuracy of the Big Ben move is regulated with a stack of old one-penny coins weighing one and a half grams, which are placed on the pendulum, changing the frequency of its oscillations. Each coin adds 2/5 of a second to the clock.
7. The height of the digits on the Big Ben dials is approximately 60 cm.
8. The developer of Big Ben was Charles Barry, and the watch and dial were created under the guidance of the British architect Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin.
9. The watch was put into operation in 1859, on September 7.
10. the diameter of the dial is 7 m.
11. Each dial consists of 312 pieces of glass.
12. Big Ben is one of the most popular attractions in the UK.
13. The sound of chimes is heard within a radius of 8 kilometers
14. When Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire in October 1834, the government decided to make new Parliament with clock tower, so that’s how we have Big Ben.
15. Fans of statistics have calculated that the minute hand of Big Ben pass a distance of 190 km per year.
16. The watch was put into operation in 1859, on September 7.
17. The first 61 meters of the tower with the clock consists of brickwork and stone facing, and the rest of the tower is made of cast iron.
18. During the Parliamentary session the dial of clock highlights differently.
19. The tower is tilted 8.66 inches to the north-west.
20. A pendulum weighing 300 kg and a length of almost 4 meters.
21. The bell of the tower did not stop working even during the Second World War.
22. Between the creation and commissioning of the clock went a very long time, which was accompanied by a number of problems: lack of financing, delays in delivery, incorrect calculations of the weight, and much more.
23. Every year at 11 o’clock, on the 11 November, Big Ben ring out, in honor of the armistice and the end of the World War I.
24. If Big Ben was built today, it would cost $ 200,000 US dollars.
25. The bell weighs more than 13.5 tons, and is today the second largest in Britain.
26. Because of the birds that sat on the arrow, in 1949 the clock began to lag for four minutes
27. The hour hand has a length of 3.2 meters (8 feet) in length, the length of the minute hand is 4.3 meters (14 feet).
28. The first failure with Big Ben occurred in 1976, it happened after 100 years of continuous work. In 1977, the landmark was again put into work.
29. To get to the bell you need to climb the 334 limestone steps.
30. The total height of the Big Ben is 96.3 m. This is higher than the Statue of Liberty in New York
31. In 2012, Big Ben chimed 40 times for 3 minutes, in honor of the start of the Olympic Games in London.
32. The best-selling souvenir among tourists in London is a miniature copy of Big Ben.
33. From 1939 to 1945, the dial of the clock did not light. This was done as a preventive measure to help protect it from attack during the World War II.
34. For the first time, the sound of Big Ben’s chimes was broadcast by the BBC on the eve of the new year, 1924, and this tradition continues till today.
35. In June 2012, the House of Commons announced that from now on the clock tower will be called the Tower of Elizabeth in honor of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
36. 7-meter dials are installed on all four sides of the clock tower. On each of it, it is engraved an inscription in Latin “God Save Our Queen Victoria I”.