Big BenIf you are visiting London then you definitely need to take a look at the famous Big Ben. Everyone has heard of this great monument but not many seen it with their own eyes. So if you want to understand the work that was put in erecting this tower then you should definitely need a close up. But before you visit the tower you should know a few things about it and why it was built in the first place. In the following lines you will find out a lot more about Big Ben.
Big Ben was the name given to the bell of the clock that is at the top of the tower. The name extended to name the clock and after awhile it even named the tower like is done today. It is the largest clock in the world and the tower is third in height compared to others in the world. Big Ben was finished on 10th of April 1858 and since then it had became one of the symbols of London. The celebration of the clock tower is held each year on the 31st of May and this year Big Ben celebrated 152 years.
Big Ben was originally a part of the new palace in Westminster because the old one was ravished by a fire in 1834. The Parliament building was Charles Barry’s project but for the tower he turned to Augustus Pugin. Big Ben was Pugin’s last design and it was made in gothic style to resemble the architecture of the entire palace building. A lot of hard work has been put into the design and construction of this clock tower but it shows today because it is one of the most beautiful clock towers in the world.
So if you ever wonder in London don’t forget to pass by the Big Ben and take a little glance. Now that you know a few things about this amazing architecture you can pay attention to the details. Even though Big Ben wasn’t originally designed to be a monument it reached this status because it is beautifully designed and it makes you see that a building can be both imposing and beautiful at the same time. So don’t miss this visit on your itinerary. You can be one of those that can say you seen the famous Big Ben with your own eyes.