Big Ben, a must see in London, United Kingdom
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Big Ben is the largest four-dial clock in the world. The bell inside is 13.5 tons, and the clock with the four dials has a diameter of 7 meters. The name of Big Ben comes from Benjamin Hall, the man who commissioned its installation. Big Ben is actually the clock itself, but the name has spread the entire tower of Westminster Palace, which it is installed.It was put into operation in 1859 and in the 150 years of operation the bells were stopped for various maintenance works in the years 1956, 1939 and 2009. The clock has cracked shortly after it was installed, but could be corrected and continue to call until now. The Big Ben Tower has a height of 96 meters and is the preferred British monument.
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Christianity, which was introduced by the Romans, shaped so much of London’s history. In fact, the first St. Paul’s Cathedral was built in 604 A.D. in London. King Edward the Confessor moved his court to Westminster Abbey, thus enhancing the city’s importance. King William was crowned in Westminster Abbey in 1066. He made the Tower of London which he used as his home and fortress. London Bridge, made of stone, was built in 1476. Medieval London was so brutal because of the Black Plague or the Black Death. It appeared in 1348, and repeated its outbreak in 1665. Not all of London’s mishaps lead futile. The Great Fire of... Read more »
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