The Westminster Clock Tower (Elizabeth Tower) stands in London, England, on the northeast corner of the Houses of Parliament of the United Kingdom. The tower was built in 1858, its height is 96.3 m. The diameter of the dials of the clocks installed in the tower is 7 m.
Although the tower is often known as Big Ben, the name actually refers to the tower’s largest bell, which weighs 14.5 tons. The bell never had an official name, and it is not entirely clear where this nickname came from. It is thought to refer to Sir Benjamin Hall, the builder of the Houses of Parliament, or a heavyweight in the 19th century. boxer Benjamin Count.
in 2012 the tower was officially renamed Elizabeth to mark the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.