Landmarks and Monuments

Landmarks are features or places that are highly recognizable. They were originally used to track locations, but they have also become famous as tourist areas. There are people that will save their entire lives to make a trip just to see the Eiffel Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, or the Great Wall.

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Paris
Castles
Landmarks and Monuments

Who owns Chateau de Chambord?

The government of France owns it.

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Blackpool

Does Blackpool Tower sway in the wind?

Only Slightly ;)

Blackpool Tower is made from Iron and Steel which is rigid. It is designed so the wind passes straight through the structure and cause little or no sway at all.

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London
Big Ben

What are facts about big ben?

  • Big Ben is the biggest four-faced, chiming clock in the world.
  • The real name of the tower, housing the clock until October 2012 was the 'Clock Tower', but since October 2012 it's known as 'Elizabeth Tower'. This change in name was brought about in recognition of Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
  • Big Ben is actually the nickname of the main bell, formally known as the Great Bell, housed within the tower. However, the nickname is more popular than the official one.
  • A survey of 2,000 people was conducted in 2008 that came up with conclusion that the tower was the most popular landmark in the United Kingdom.
  • The Clock Tower has incorrectly been called St. Stephen's Tower. However that tower is actually the spired tower towards the middle of the Palace, which serves as the main point of entry for attendees of debates and committees. It is also called Big Tom.
  • Big Ben was built along with the new parliament buildings and palace to replace the Old Palace of Westminster after it was destroyed by fire in October 1834.
  • The clock became operational on 7th September 1859.
  • The building of Big Ben was overseen by architect Charles Barry.
  • The clock tower, clock and its dials were designed by Augustus Pugin.
  • The first 61 meters of Clock Tower are made up of brickwork and stone cladding and the remainder of tower is made from cast iron.
  • The Tower leans slightly towards the northwest by 8.66 inches.
  • The great bell of 'Big Ben' weighs 13.7 tonnes.
  • The bell did not stop working, even during World War 2
  • The tower is sited on a 15-metre square raft, made of 3-metre thick concrete, at 4 meters below ground level.
  • The four faces of the clock are 55 meters above ground. The interior volume of the tower is 4,650 cubic meters
  • At the base of each clock face is a Latin inscription, in gilt letters. It reads - DOMINE SALVAM FAC REGINAM NOSTRAM VICTORIAM PRIMAM, which means "O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First".
  • Big Ben is the focus of New Year celebrations in the United Kingdom, with radio and TV stations tuning in to it's chimes to welcome the start of the year.
  • On Remembrance Day, the chimes of Big Ben are broadcast to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
  • ITN's "News at Ten" opening sequence features an image of the Clock Tower, with the sound of Big Ben's chimes punctuating the announcement of the news headlines. It has done so, on and off, for the last 41 years.
  • Turret clocks seen around the world have been inspired by the look of the Great Clock of Big Ben.
  • Big Ben is synonymous as the Great Bell, the Clock and the Tower in which it is encased.
  • Big Ben is actually said to be named after Sir Benjamin Hall, a very popular politician of the time and commissioner of the works.
  • Although Big Ben is not open to tourists, you can request an internal visit by asking your local MP.
  • The original great bell was bigger and heavier. It cracked during testing and was removed. The second and current great bell also cracked upon testing. It was patched up and turned for the hammer to strike solid metal. It gives the bell it's distinctive sound.
  • The mechanism is the most accurate of analogue precision and the pendulum is adjusted by adding and removing old pre-decimal penny coins as weights.

Big Ben is actually the nickname of the 14 ton Great Bell of the Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster and not the clock itself, although most people now use the name 'Big Ben' for the clock. Big Ben was installed in 1859 and is the largest chiming four-sided clock in the world.

It is not without irony that a flawed and off key bell has sounded over a parliament building for over 150 years.

The first bell cast was a 16 tonner by John Warner ans Sons at the Crescent Foundry, Stockton-on-Tees on 6th August 1856, but it cracked irreparably under test in the palace yard, Westminster. The current bell was cast from the original bell at Whitechapel Foundry on 10th April 1858 and first rang over London on 31st May 1859. It cracked 2 months later because of the overweight hammer fitted. The crack was 'stopped' and the bell turned to present a solid face to the hammer. The fitting of a lighter hammer completed the repair. This is the bell in use today and it remains the biggest bell ever cast by the Whitechapel foundry. The name 'Big Ben' was the nickname of the most famous heavyweight boxer of the day, Benjamin Caunt. It is entirely plausible that the biggest and most famous bell was imbued with the name of the most popular public hero of the time.

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Landmarks and Monuments
Big Ben

Where is Big Ben?

The British Houses of Parliament in the borough of Westminster, London, England has a four sided clock Tower.

The clock chimes every 15 minutes and strikes on the hour, every hour. The largest and deepest bell 'Big Ben' strikes the number of the hour - once at one o'clock, twice at two o'clock and so on.

'Big Ben' is in fact the nickname of the 'Great bell' - the biggest and heaviest bell in the tower at 13.5 tons, but it has become synonymous for the whole building itself, including the bell, clock and tower to be called 'Big Ben'. In September 2012 the tower was renamed 'Elizabeth Tower' in honour and celebration of the Queen for her Diamond Jubilee.

The Radio Station BBC Radio 4 uses the chimes of Big Ben to introduce its News programmes at 6 pm and Midnight, local time and you can hear it in the link below. Large clock, landmark in London, england

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Landmarks and Monuments
London

Which building is known for its clock tower but is also home to England's parliament?

The Palace of Westminster

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History of England
The Battle of Hastings
Landmarks and Monuments

Who were the people living in the southern eastern Britain when the ANgles and the Saxons invaded that area?

The British or Britons

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England
Landmarks and Monuments
London

Did sir Norman foster build big Ben?

No

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Books and Literature
England
Landmarks and Monuments

What is the function of Big Ben in the Novel Mrs. Dalloway?

Time imparts order to the fluid thoughts, memories and encounters that make up in Mrs. Dalloway. Big Ben is a symbol of England, and its might sounds out the hour relentlessly, ensuring that passage of time and awareness of eventual death is always palpable. Clarissa senses the passage of time and the appearance of Sally Seton and Peter; friends from past signify how much time has passed since Clarissa was young.

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France
Landmarks and Monuments
Cathedral and Church History

What year was the cathedral Notre Dame built?

Construction started in 1163 AD.

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Paris
Greece
Landmarks and Monuments
Eiffel Tower

Is the Eiffel Tower located in Greece?

No, it is located in Paris, France

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Ancient History
England
Landmarks and Monuments
Stonehenge

How many stones does Stonehenge have?

Two Heelstones (one now missing), originally two 'Slaughter Stones', 4 Station Stones, 30 outer ring uprights, 30 lintels, 5 Trilithon uprights, 5 Trilithon Lintels. 1 Altar stone and a lot of bluestones ( i.e. 79 major stones, mostly 'sarsen' and 80 or so bluestones).

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Landmarks and Monuments

What monument was removed when asam dam was built?

There is a dam at Assam in India, but no monument was moved.

There is the Aswan Dam in Egypt and when it was built the Temples of Abu Simbel had to be moved and re-built.

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Landmarks and Monuments

Why there are no toilets in Versailles?

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Paris
Landmarks and Monuments
Eiffel Tower

How many steps are in the Eiffel Tower?

There are 1665 steps from ground level to the top of the tower, using the stairs of the eastern pillar. The stairs from the second floor up to the top (more than half) are closed to the public.

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Chicago
Landmarks and Monuments
Eiffel Tower
Sears

Which city is the Sear's Tower located?

The Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower) is in Chicago, Illinois.

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History of Europe
England
Landmarks and Monuments
Big Ben

Is big ben the biggest clock in the world?

Yes, it is the biggest clock in the world.

It is or was the biggest 4 sided Clock Tower in the World.

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Big Ben

What year did big ben first chime?

1859

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Space Travel and Exploration
Landmarks and Monuments

What can be seen on earth from space?

There is a longstanding myth that the Great Wall of China is the only manmade object visible from space. It and several variations on the theme are great fodder for water cooler arguments. In reality, many human constructs can be seen from Earth orbit. Shuttle astronauts can see highways, airports, dams and even large vehicles from an Earth orbit that is about 135 miles (217 kilometers) high. Cities are clearly distinct from surrounding countryside, and that's true even from the higher perch of the International Space Station, which circles the planet at about 250 miles (400 kilometers) up. "You can see an awful lot from space," says astronaut Ed Lu, the science officer of Expedition Seven aboard the station. "You can see the pyramids from space, especially with a pair of binoculars. They are a little difficult to pick out with just your eyes." Egyptian pyramids have been photographed from space several times with standard digital cameras and high-powered lenses. The largest pyramid at Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, is 745 feet (227 meters) wide and 449 feet (137 meters) tall. "With binoculars you can see an awful lot of things," Lu wrote via e-mail in fielding a question from an Earthbound space fan. "You can see roads. You can see harbors. You can even see ships; very large tankers on the ocean we can see using the binoculars." There are some surprises, too. "You can see airplane contrails, and occasionally at the end of an airplane contrail, you will see a glint of sunlight off the airplane," Lu says. "And very occasionally, you do see other satellites go by. It is kind of a neat thing to see." There are of course places in space from which you can't notice how humans have sculpted the planet. Apollo astronauts could not make out manmade features from the Moon, for example. And from Mars, Earth would appear to the naked eye as nothing but a bright "star" in the night sky. So what about the Great Wall of China? "You can see the Great Wall," Lu says. But it's less visible than a lot of other objects. And you have to know where to look. In fact stretches of the wall aren't even visible from China. They've been buried by sand for centuries. NASA has used space-based radar to map out hidden parts of the ancient structure. Lu is trying to get a picture of it, too, with a digital camera. "The weather hasn't cooperated," he says. "There has been a lot of clouds and haze over that area since I've been trying. But I hope to be successful before I come back down."

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England
Landmarks and Monuments
Stonehenge

What do you Think the Stonehenge was built for?

An early city state that was successful and organized enough to set up a city focal point for either religious or administrative purposes.

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London
Big Ben

How many hands does the clock of big ben have?

Big Ben, or to put it correctly: 'The Elizabeth Tower', has four clock faces, and on each of those faces there are two hands. This is a grand total of eight.

'Big Ben' is actually the name of the bell housed inside the tower.

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History of Germany
Landmarks and Monuments
Prussia

Where was Prussia?

The north central part of Europe present day north Germany and Poland.
Prussia was located in what is now the area covered by Eastern Germany and Western Poland on the Baltic Sea coast.

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Ancient History
Landmarks and Monuments
Stonehenge

When was Stonehenge built?

3000 BC

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England
Landmarks and Monuments
Big Ben

What is Big Ben?

Big Ben is the name of the great bell, the biggest bell within the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster at the Houses of Parliament in London.

It weighs approx 13.5 tonnes & was cast in 1856. Amongst other bells, Big Ben rings out striking each hour on the hour.

Big Ben is often wrongly used to name the clock (which is the biggest 4 face chiming clock in the world).

Big Ben, nicknamed after Sir Benjamin Hall, a popular member of Parliament of the time and commissioner of works, is now more commonly known as the complete clock and tower as well as the bell.

In September 2012 the Clock tower was renamed 'Elizabeth Tower' in honour and celebration of the queens Diamond Jubilee.

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Brazil
Landmarks and Monuments

What rock is the Christ redeemer statue made out of?

It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone.

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Cyprus
Landmarks and Monuments
History

What are some famous landmarks in Cyprus?

Some of them are the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Asinou Church, Kourin Archaeological Site, Choiroitia Neolithis Settlement, Agios Neofytos, Church of St. Lazarus (yes churches can be landmarks too), Limassol Castle.

The Trudos Mountains are a popular attraction, as are Paphos Mosaics.

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