The Big Ben is one of London’s best-known buildings and looks the most spectacular when the clock is lit in the evening. You can also see when the parliament is in session , because then a lamp burns above the clock.
The name Big Ben is not actually the name of the clock tower, but of the 13-tonne clock hanging in it. The clock is named after the first Commissioner of Works, Sir Benjamin Hall.
The clock rings every hour and has stopped working only a few times. The last time was in 1976. The clock began to fall apart due to metal fatigue. As a result, certain parts of the mechanism started to rotate faster, causing the clock to turn itself almost to pieces. The clock was then restored, which lasted more than a year.
The Big Ben is part of the Houses of Parliament. Unfortunately, Big Ben can only be admired from outside. Tours are not currently available. Yet well worth seeing.