Posted by: danielfee | August 8, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 08-08-2012

Big Ben – London, England

 

Big Ben is the world’s most famous clock. Big Ben is the nickname for the clock tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament). The tower was completed in 1858 and has become one of the most prominent symbols of both London and England. The origin of the nickname Big Ben is the subject of debate. The nickname was applied first to the Great Bell which may have been named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who oversaw the installation of the Great Bell. Or it may have been named after boxing’s English Heavyweight Champion Benjamin Caunt. However, Big Ben is often used to refer to the clock,  tower and the bell collectively. The Clock Tower is being renamed the Elizabeth Tower in a tribute to Queen Elizabeth in her Diamond Jubilee year.

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