Big Ben

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Big Ben May Soon Be Mute

Landmark bell could be silenced for years for urgent repairs

(Newser) - Big Ben's bongs may fall silent for months or even years as urgent repairs are carried out. Two of Britain's largest newspapers reported Sunday that Parliament's massive clock and the tower that supports it need as much as $61.7 million in repairs—work that will silence... More »

Big Ben's Home Gets New Name: Elizabeth Tower

Renamed to mark Diamond Jubilee

(Newser) - Britain isn't finished celebrating the queen's 60 years on the throne. Now her name will be affixed to an international icon: the tower that houses Big Ben. Until now, its technical name had been simply the Clock Tower, though the name Big Ben is often used to refer... More »

Brit Terror Suspects Targeted US Embassy, Big Ben

Reconnaissance notes found among belongings of 9 men charged in ring

(Newser) - Suspected terrorists charged yesterday in a British court were targeting the US embassy in London—as well as the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the London Stock Exchange—for a bomb attack in the days before Christmas, according to prosecutors. Reconnaissance notes for the sites and al-Qaeda propaganda... More »

World's Most Photographed Landmarks

Guess what comes in ahead of the Statue of Liberty?

(Newser) - Quick, what would you rather take a picture of on a trip to New York: the Statue of Liberty or the Apple store? Turns out most people would choose the Apple store—at least if we’re talking about the one on Fifth Avenue with a nifty-looking cube atop it.... More »

Clock Strikes 150 for Big Ben

(Newser) - London’s Big Ben will celebrate three 150th birthdays this year, starting with today’s anniversary of the first movement of the huge clock, the Evening Standard reports. July 11 marks the first ringing of “Big Ben,” the Great Bell that eventually gave its name to the tower,... More »

Big Ben Silenced for Repairs

Big Ben silenced for repairs, won't tell the time either

(Newser) - The world’s most famous clock chimed its last tones of August at 8 AM this morning, and its hands were set to 12:00. Though it will soon tell time again, Big Ben will be silent for at least a month as it undergoes maintenance, the Guardian reports. This... More »

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