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Big Ben - incentive for hope of the British

Big Ben, London, UK, View from square

Big Ben is one of the most important tourist attractions in London, becomes almost an emblem of the British capital. Big Ben looks downright charming facade and at night when the clocks on each side are illuminated. When Parliament is in session, a light shines above the clock front. Clock dials have an area of over two square meters, and the minute hand is over 4 m in length. Big Ben has a huge pendulum, which is regulated by a bag of coins and is an excellent clock rarely stopped.

The name Big Ben actually refers not to the clock tower itself, but the 13-tonne bell inside the tower. The bell was named after the first commissioner who worked on construction - Benjamin Hall. This bell comes from the old Palace of Westminster and was given a deacon at St. Paul (St. Paul's Cathedral) by William III. Before returning to Westminster to take up their place in the present house was refurbished in Whitechapel in 1858. The first BBC broadcast was opened to the sound of Big Ben in 1923 to 31 December. Since then there is a microphone plugged into the tower at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

During the Second World War in 1941, an incendiary bomb destroyed the House of Commons part of the Parliament building in London (Houses of Parliament), but the clock tower Big Ben remained intact and continued to measure hours and minutes. The sound was transmitted by radio or the British people and the world as an incentive to hope for all who heard him.

There are 11 rooms inside the tower where Members of Parliament can be imprisoned for regulating constitutional violations. This is very rare; the last incident of this kind was recorded in 1880. Big Ben tower is not open for public visitation, but the exterior is more impressive anyway.