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London's Iconic Big Ben

(BAD) Blog About Design: London's Iconic Big Ben

Thursday, March 8, 2012

London's Iconic Big Ben
Big Ben is the nickname of the clock tower located at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. Big Ben is the third tallest freestanding clock tower in the world. When I first saw Big Ben, I was mesmerized by its beautiful details. Simply to call it a clock tower, would do it no justice. Big Ben was completed in 1858 in the Gothic Revival architectural style. (ABOVE) I love this photograph of the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. At night the tower is beautifully lit, allowing the time to be viewed easily. (BELOW 1) A view of Big Ben during the day. Big Ben stands approximately sixteen stories. (BELOW 2) A close up of the clock shows its intricate details. The clock and dials were designed by Augustus Pugin. The clock dials are set in an iron frame, supporting over 300 pieces of opal glass. There is a clock on each face of the tower. What are your thoughts about London's iconic Big Ben?



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