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The Houses of Parliament, London

The Big Ben clock-tower, one of the most visited monuments in the world

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This clocktower is to London what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris : It is the best-known symbol of London, even if it isn't the oldest. Erected in 1859 to the far side of Westminster palace, Big Ben was named after the architect Benjamin Hall who supervised the palace's reconstruction work after the fire of 1834. For nearly 150 years, Big Ben has given those in London the time with great precision (its error margin, people say, is by only two seconds) and its clock, which chimes at every hour, is broadcast by the radio and television during Christmas and on New Year's Eve.

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Big Ben

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Big Ben and Houses of Parliament

Witness the fireworks at Big Ben on New Year's Eve

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Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, London

The name Big Ben actually refers to the bell within the clock tower and not the time piece itself

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Big Ben, London, England

One clock whose time is always accurate

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View of the Big Ben, England

The Big Ben stands moodily against the emblematic grey skies of London.

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London Big Ben, England

The tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower.

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