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How was the Big Ben clock built?

"Big Ben" (or to give it it's proper name The Great Bell) is cast out of bellmetal, which is an alloy of bronze and tin. The Clock Tower, to give it it's proper name, is made of brickwork covered by stone cladding for the first 200 feet (61 metres) and the remaining 115 feet (35 metres) is a fram ( Full Answer )

How wide is Big Ben?

The 'Great Bell' is 9 feet (2.74 m) in width. The clock face is 23ft wide. The tower is 12 meters square or approx 40 feet each side.

Is Big Ben a large clock in London?

Strictly speaking, Big Ben is the name of the bell that is contained within the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament. It is a common misnomer to call the clock Big Ben.

Is big ben a clock?

People often refer to the clock at the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) as 'Big Ben. However, Big Ben is actually the 14 ton bell inside the clock tower and was named after Sir Benjamin Hall who was Commissioner of Works when the bell was installed.

What does big ben tower do?

Big ben tower holds the clock faces and mechanism of the big ben tower clock

Is big ben the tallest clock in the UK?

Strictly speaking, Big Ben is a bell, not a clock, but given that the name is usually associated with the clock, the answer is yes, it is the tallest tower-clock, although there may be others that are higher off the ground!

Why is the Big Ben Tower in London famous?

It is a major attraction, as is the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) where it is found. The chimes of Big Ben are still the symbol of accurate timekeeping to British people and are used, for example, to start the two minutes silence on Rembrance Day.

How big is the clock on Big Ben?

The faces/dials are 7m (23') in diameter. The numerals are 0.6m (2') high, and the minute hand is 4.25m (14') long. It is the biggest in the World.

How was the Tower of Big Ben built?

The Tower was built from brick and stone from Normandy, Cornwall and Yorkshire. The top section is made from Iron frame.

Is Big Ben a Clock Tower?

Big Ben isn't actually the clock tower. Big Ben is the bell inside the tower. Big Ben is synonymous as the Great Bell, the Clock and the Tower in which it is encased. Originally it was only the Great Bell named after Sir Benjamin Hall a politician of the time and commissioner of works. The correct ( Full Answer )

Why is the iconic London clock tower known as Big Ben?

It is named after a bell in the clock, called Big Ben. Big Ben is the nickname of the biggest bell in the Tower, the 13.5 ton 'Great Bell'. It got it's name from Sir Benjamin Hall the commissioner of works and MP of the time.

Why is the Big Ben clock so important?

It is synonymous with the houses of parliament in London, the offices of the Countries leaders. It symbolises power and strength and is the best known of the capitals landmarks.

What is the Big Ben Tower called?

Technically it is just the Clock Tower, it is often mistakenly called St. Stephens Tower, but that is wrong. St. Stephens Tower is at the entrance to the Houses of Parliament. It is actually the biggest and heaviest bell inside the Tower that bears the name 'Big Ben'. It's the Clock Tower of t ( Full Answer )

Why is the Big Ben Clock Tower called Big Ben?

It is thought it was named after Sir Benjamin Hall, a politician ofthe time, and commissioner of the works when the bell was installedin 1856. It was only the great bell that was named after him butthe clock and tower have become synonymous to the name over theyears also. Originally, it was going to ( Full Answer )

Is Big Ben the biggest clock?

'Big Ben' is not a clock. It refers to the 'great bell' inElizabeth Tower which is next to the palace of westminster. Big Ben is synonymous with the tower, clock and bell and it is notincorrect to call the complete landmark Big Ben.

Where is the clock Big Ben?

It is part of the tower of the Palace of Westminster (also known as the Houses of Parliament) in central London, England.

Is Big Ben a bell or clock?

'Big Ben' is the largest and heaviest of the bells in the clocktower at 13.7 tonnes, it is the bell used to sound out the hours.It's also called the 'Great Bell'. The name 'Big Ben' has been used over the years to represent thewhole clock, bell and tower and it would not be incorrect to callthe com ( Full Answer )

Is Big Ben the biggest Clock Tower in the World?

No, Big Ben (Traditional name) is way down the list for biggest Clock Tower in the World. It was once the largest but many beat it now. Big Ben still holds the record for the biggest 4 face chiming Clock Tower in the World at 96m (316') tall. The biggest is the Abraj Al-Bait Towers in Mecca, Saud ( Full Answer )

How did the famous clock Big Ben get its name?

Big ben is actualty the name of the bell that strikes the hours.The tune of the quarters peal is called "Westminster Chimes"although it originated in a church in Cambridge. Big Ben is synonymous as the Great Bell, the Clock and the Tower inwhich it is encased. Big Ben is actually named after Sir Ben ( Full Answer )

What was used for building the Big Ben clock tower?

The whole palace of Westminster was originally built using Anston limestone, although much of this was replaced with Clipsham Stone after it became clear that the original stonework was reacting with air pollution and decaying badly.

Is big ben a tower?

Strictly speaking, Big Ben is the nickname of the main bell of the clock but is now generally used as a name for the clock and the clock tower. The official name is 'The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster'.

Which is taller the Tower of London or big ben?

The White Tower in the Tower of London is 90 ft high. The great bell in the clock tower of the palace of Westminster, commonly called 'Big Ben' is 7.5 ft high. The clock tower is 315.9 ft high.

Where is the clock tower on big nate island?

The school's bell tower is on top of the roof. The bell is not working because the clapper is missing, and is lost somewhere in the school. When you find it, you can't put it back (and ring the bell) until you get rid of the seagull there. (see related questions)

How many hands does the clock of big ben have?

Big Ben, or to put it correctly: 'The Elizabeth Tower', has fourclock faces, and on each of those faces there are two hands. Thisis a grand total of eight. 'Big Ben' is actually the name of the bell housed inside thetower.

How heavy is the clock on big ben?

Big Ben is actually the 14 ton bell in the Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster but the clock is often mistakenly called Big Ben.

Who built the tower of big ben?

I think that you are referring to the Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster which is part of the Parliament buildings which were all designed by Charles Barry.

Is the Big Ben Tower ruined?

Big Ben - the tower with the clock faces - beside the Houses of Parliament in London is not ruined. It was hit during WWll but hastily repaired.

How did Big Ben Clock Tower get its name?

Big Ben Clock Tower got it's name from the biggest bell inside the Tower, which is only it's nickname. It was supposedly named after Sir Benjamin Hall, an MP of the time and commissioner of the works.

Why does the big ben have a clock on it?

'Big Ben' is actually the 14 ton bell inside the clock, but over the years people have started calling the clock itself Big Ben. It was named after Sir Benjamin Hall who was Commissioner of Works when the bell was installed.

What is the name of the Tower that Big Ben is in?

In 2012 The Clock Tower was named The 'Queen Elizabeth Tower' in recognition of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee. Previous to this it was just known as the 'Clock Tower' or 'Big Ben'.

Who may visit the big Ben clock tower?

well the clock tower is not open to the public but back then the most favorite places people would go to was the big ben clock tower.

What is Big Ben the tower?

the Elizabeth Tower (previously called the Clock Tower), named in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

What kind of clock is big Ben?

Big Ben is a bell, the largest of the bells in the Westminster clock tower, it is the bell used to sound out the hours. It is cracked, it is this which gives Big Ben its distinctive sound. The clock itself is a very large pendulum clock

Is big ben a grandfather clock?

Although it may look like a Grandfather clock, it is much bigger and built outdoors in London. It is in fact a Tower clock.

Is big ben bigger then the Eiffel tower?

No. The Eiffel Tower is more than three times taller than the Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster (Big Ben). Big Ben 96.3 metres. Eiffel Tower 324 metres.

Which clock is bigger than the big ben?

Yes there is a clock bigger than the big ben.The mecca clock in saudi arabia.Big ben is only 96.3 metres (316 feet) and the mecca clock is 577 metres.However the mecca clock is not as wide in breadth.

Why do people enjoy big ben clock tower?

Because it is an iconic feature of London, known all over the world, in the same way as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Colosseum in Rome and the Statue of Liberty in New York.

Is Big Ben the only bell in the London clock tower?

Big Ben is the nickname of the largest and deepest pitched bell, and it chimes the hour, every hour - once for one o'clock, twice for two o'clock and so on. In addition, there are four "quarter bells" which play a tune four times per hour to indicate 15 minutes past, 30 minutes past, 45 minutes pas ( Full Answer )

Is Big Ben the clock or the bell?

Big Ben is the nickname of the bell that resides inside the tower that is attached to part of the British Parliament building, otherwise know as the Palace of Westminster in London.

Why was the main clock called Big Ben?

Nobody is absolutely sure, but the general consensus is that the 14 ton Great Bell was named after Sir Benjamin Hall who was Commissioner of Works when the bell was installed in 1859. Since then, people have started (incorrectly) referring to the clock and the clock tower as 'Big Ben'.

When was the Big Ben Clock built?

The Big Ben bell in London is located inside the Elizabeth Clock Tower. The Big Ben bell was cast in 1858 and began being used in a year later in 1959.

Does the Big Ben tower have a lift?

Big Ben does not have a lift installed as there would not be enoughroom to install one due to the spiral stone staircase.