Big Ben, or the Elizabeth Tower as it is officially called, is one of the most distinctive structures of UK. Standing tall for more than a hundred years, it is just as important culturally as it is architecturally for the country. Here we bring some interesting facts about the Big Ben that you may not have heard before:
The Big Ben was formally known just as the "Clock Tower". It was renamed in 2012 which marked the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
Big Ben stands 315ft (96 metres) tall, weighs 13.7 tonnes and holds 11 floors.
In the one and only major breakdown, the tower was kept silent for nine months in 1976 for repairs.
Extensive repair works are scheduled starting this year and will reportedly take about three years to complete, during which the bell could be silent for a significant period.
The huge bell in the tower was brought down the Thames river by barge and then taken across Westminster Bridge by a 16-horse carriage.
If you want to reach the top, you must climb 334 steps as there is no lift to take you up.
The Big Ben has been used in many opening and introductory scenes in movies owing to its significance and recognition by the people. It remains one of the finest works of architecture and will probably stay standing for years to come.
Title image: Theregister