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Elizabeth Tower

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Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and name is often extended to refer to both the clock and its clock tower. The tower is officially known as Elizabeth Tower, renamed as such to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II (prior to being renamed in 2012 it was known simply as the "Clock Tower"). The tower holds the second largest four-faced chiming clock in the world (Minneapolis City Hall having the largest). 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.

 

Address: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, United Kingdom

Height: 96 m

Opened: 1859

Architectural style: Gothic Revival architecture

Function: Clock tower

Architect: Augustus Pugin

London borough: City of Westminster