Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Big Ben, London, England (45 photos)

Big Ben London Eye whizzy night
Big Ben London Eye whizzy night
Big Ben, situated at the Palace of Westminster, is one of the best known icons of London, and has been voted the Most Iconic Film Location in London. The clock, on its own, has been working since May 1859.

The Big Ben, London, England
The Big Ben, London, England
Trafalgar Square, London, England
Trafalgar Square, London, England
big ben and taxi in london city
Big Ben and taxi in London City
big ben at dawn photo
Big Ben at dawn photo
big ben at night
Big Ben at night
big ben at sunset photo
Big Ben at sunset photo
big ben at dusk
Big Ben at dusk
Although the name “Big Ben” actually refers to the bell inside the clock tower, which weighs an astounding 13 tons, it has come to refer to the entire clock and clock tower over time. This name came from the commissioner of the bell, Sir Benjamin Hall. It is the world’s largest four-faced chiming clock. Each of the four dials measure 2.1 square metres (or 23 square feet). The minute hand is 4.2 metres long (or 14 feet) and each number is about 61 centimetres (or 2 feet) high. Incredibly, this mammoth creation is a very accurate timekeeper. The tower is 96.3 metres (316 feet) high.

big ben british flag
Big Ben British flag
big ben clock closeup
Big Ben clock closeup
big ben fireworks
Big Ben fireworks
big ben illuminated at night
Big Ben illuminated at night
big ben london aerial view
Big Ben London aerial view
big ben london at night
Big Ben London at night
Although a clock tower was originally built at the Palace of Westminster in 1288, the current tower had to be rebuilt after most of this structure was destroyed in a fire in 1834. Augustus Pugin was commissioned to design the clock tower, and he followed a Gothic Revival style. He later claimed that he had never worked harder on any other creation. The bell was from the old Palace of Westminster (before the fire) and was a gift to the Dean of St Paul from William III. However, it was refashioned in 1858 before being hung at the tower. The first time it would echo its chimes would be on 31 December 1923, and the BBC was there to capture it. Thereafter, the BBC would continue to broadcast Big Ben’s bells to indicate the time to its listeners.

big ben london england photo
Big Ben London England photo
big ben london england picture
Big Ben London England picture
big ben london england
Big Ben London England
big ben london eye picture
Big Ben London Eye picture
big ben london large vertical picture
Big Ben London large vertical picture
big ben london on a rainy day
Big Ben London on a rainy day
big ben london photo
Big Ben London photo
big ben london picture
Big Ben London picture
The clock tower is not technically open to the public; but, residents of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (collectively known as the United Kingdom) are able to arrange tours through their local Member of Parliament. Along the 334-stair climb, these visitors will see some of the prison cells inside the clock tower, which were once used for imprisoning Members of Parliament that had breached privileges extended to parliamentary personalities.

Each of the faces of the clock have a Latin inscription at their base, which, when translated, means “Which means O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First”. The dials are gilded on their surrounds.

big ben london red sky at sunset
Big Ben London red sky at sunset
big ben london thames river england picture
Big Ben Thames River London England picture
big ben london view
Big Ben London view
big ben london's calling
Big Ben London's calling
big ben looking big
Big Ben looking big
big ben morning sky
Big Ben morning sky
big ben red bus london
Big Ben red bus London
The construction of the dial mechanism was assigned to renowned clockmaker Edward John Dent. He died in 1853 and his stepson (Frederick Dent) had to complete the mechanism, which he did the following year. For this creation, Edmund Beckett Denison (one of the designers, along with George Airy) invented the double three-legged gravity escapement, which ensured the best separation between the pendulum and the clock mechanism. The pendulum is just under 4 metres long and weighs 300 kilograms! It has a 2-second beat rhythm. A pile of old pennies on its top keeps the pendulum exactly on time. In fact, as small as it is, the presence of one penny can change the speed of the clock by 0.4 seconds per day. The clock mechanism is situated below the pendulum and weighs 5 tons.

big ben red double decker bus london photography poster
Big Ben red double decker bus London photography poster
big ben reflection in a cup of tea
Big Ben reflection in a cup of tea
big ben reflection
Big Ben reflection
big ben vintage photo
Big Ben vintage photo
big ben with british flags
Big Ben with British flags
big ben with red telephone booth in london uk
Big Ben with red telephone booth in London UK
The original Big Ben bell weighed 16 tons. However, when they were trying to install it, it fell and broke. The new bell was made 3 tons lighter. This bell also has a large crack in it. However, it was simply turned and continues to work, crack and all, to this day.

big ben yellow light
Big Ben yellow light
classic london view with big ben clock
Classic London view with Big Ben clock
foggy big ben london england
Foggy Big Ben London England
lights out near big ben london
Lights out near Big Ben London
london big ben tower photo
London Big Ben tower photo
london tower big ben photo
London tower Big Ben photo
Today, Big Ben is an iconic symbol of London, England and the United Kingdom. It appears in films and on postcards. The clock is also used during New Year Eve broadcasts to indicate the ringing in of the New Year. Its film appearances include:

• Mars Attacks!
• National Lampoon's European Vacation
• Shanghai Knights
• The Avengers
• The Thirty-Nine Steps
• Thunderball

snow dusk london big ben
Snow dusk London Big Ben
snowy day in londontown
Snowy day in Londontown
southbank lights big ben london uk
Southbank lights Big Ben London UK
tall big ben london photo
Tall Big Ben London photo
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I want to see that Big Ben when I visit London.

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