Big Ben is a clock tower, located in the north-eastern part of the Parliament building in Westminster, London. Although the actual name of the tower is the Clock Tower, it is often mentioned as Big Ben, Big Tom or Big Ben Tower. The Clock Tower is one of the most recognizable sights in London and the visiting card of the city, the same as the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Since building in 1859, the tower has served as the most reliable clock in London, and has also participated in the celebrations throughout the year. However, despite its immense popularity, we know so little about this symbol of London. Let's fill this gap.
5. The bell has more birthdays than the queen. Big Ben has three birthdays: the first - April 10, 1858, when the bell was installed, the second one - May 31, 1859, when the clock began to tick first, and the third - on July 11, 1859, when the bell sounded for the first time.
4. The exact origin of the name Big-Ben is not known for certain, although there are two different theories. The first theory claims that its name Big Ben was given in honor of Sir Benjamin Hall, the first head of the bell casting - a large man who was nicknamed "Big Ben". The second theory says that Big Ben was named so in honor of the boxing champion in heavyweight of that times - Benjamin Kaunt. Since then, the name "Big Ben" has become a household name - it is often used when talking about a record-holder by weight.