158-year old London’s Big Ben going silent until 2021 for repairs

158-year old London’s Big Ben going silent until 2021 for repairs

158-year old London’s Big Ben going silent until 2021 for repairs and upgrades.

One of the most iconic buildings of the United Kingdom culture, The Elizabeth Tower, houses one of the most widely known clocks of the world, popularly known as the Big Ben.

The tower, known formerly simply as the Clock Tower, is part of the Palace of Westminster, which houses the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

158-year old London's Big Ben going silent four yearsThe Elizabeth tower was designed by Augustus Pugin, who pushed the celebrated Gothic Revival style in England, under the supervision of Charles Barry. Barry was the chief architect of the palace, after being destroyed at the beginning of the 1800s. This tower was completed in May 31, 1859.

Londoners, especially those living in the boroughs close to the Big Ben will miss the hourly chiming of the tower. The clocks will also stop, although one face of the tower will still show one working clock, powered by an electric motor. The chiming bongs as well as the tower will be restored in a way that the works will ensure its optimal functioning on a long term basis.

The works will ensure Big Ben’s optimal functioning on a long term basis.

Talking about boroughs, the Big Ben is located in the very center of London, “among the most expensive streets in the world-with some of the most prestigious residential addresses,” in the opinion of Christie’s, the reputed Real Estate powerhouse.

Numerous properties in the area around this famous 315 feet (96.0 m) tower are currently offered as luxury real estate. You can find some small flats in Victorian styles, as well as ample fully renovated homes. Examples include this Queen Annes Gate family home → of 7 bedrooms and 7 full baths in Westminster, London, for £19,500,000, and this 8 bedrooms and 7 full baths Belgravia home → in Chester Square, London, for £28,000,000.

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Photo of the Palace of Westminster from the dome on Methodist Central Hall © Colin / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA-4.0

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