Big Ben is one of the attractions of the United Kingdom. Every year the clock strikes on the first hour of the new year. This year marks 100 years since the sound of Big Ben was broadcast. The sound of Big Ben was first broadcast on the BBC in 1923.
The giant clock, also known as Big Ben, located on the north tower of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. The weight of the clock installed in this 96 meter long tower is 13.7 tons.
Until 2012 Big Ben was called Clocktower. It was later renamed Elizabeth Tower to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. It is considered by many to be a symbol of determination for the British and a source of correct time for many generations.
Great Britain’s famous and traditional clock Big Ben was put into operation on November 13, 1856. Big Ben is rung on various occasions. It is very popular and traditional. Its bells are rung every year on New Year’s Eve, which is visited by many tourists.
Tracy Halliwell, Director of London Tourism, said, ‘The bells ring in the New Year, and many tourists flock to see it. Those who get a chance to see it by buying tickets consider themselves lucky. Although many do not get tickets.’
The sound of Big Ben was first broadcast on the BBC in 1923. This year marks 100 years since the sound of Big Ben was broadcast.
Along with the festivities, Big Ben is also a witness to the mourning moments of the British people. The bell was rung after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. In addition, it was played even after the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union or Brexit.