Big Ben is one of the most important tourist attractions in London, became almost an emblem of the British capital. Big Ben looks lovely at night when the right front and cesurile on each side are illuminated. When Parliament is in session, a light shines above the clock face. Clock dials have an area of two square meters, and minute hand is over 4 meters. Big Ben has a huge pendulum, which is regulated by a bag of coins and is an excellent watch which stopped very often.
The name Big Ben actually refers not to the clock tower itself, but the 13-tonne bell inside the tower. Bell was named after the first commission that worked on the building? Benjamin Hall. This bell comes from the old Palace of Westminster and was given deacon at St. Paul (St. Paul? S Cathedral) by William III. Before returning to Westminster to its ranks in the actual house was reconditioned in Whitechapel in 1858. Home of the BBC broadcast was opened by the sound of Big Ben in 1923 to 31 December. Since 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 London headquarters of Parliament (Houses of Parliament), but the clock tower remained intact and Big Ben 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 violations of constitutional reglemetarilor. This is very rare, the last such incident was recorded in 1880. Big Ben tower is not open for public visiting on the outside but is still more impressive.
By Maria Morari
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