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✨ Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the striking clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster and the name is frequently extended to refer also to the clock and the clock tower. The official name of the tower in which Big Ben is located was originally the Clock Tower, but it was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.The tower was designed by Augustus Pugin in a neo-Gothic style. When completed in 1859, its clock was the largest and most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world. The tower stands 316 feet (96 m) tall, and the climb from ground level to the belfry is 334 steps. The tower is a British cultural icon recognised all over the world. It is one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and parliamentary democracy.On 21 August 2017, a four-year schedule of renovation works began on the tower. Modifications have included adding a lift, re-glazing and repainting the clock dials, and upgrading lighting and repairing roof tiles among other improvements. In December 2021, the last scaffolding was removed from the clock faces, revealing the restoration work that had taken place since 2017.In April 2022, the gantry supporting the scaffolding was removed, leaving the tower free of scaffolding.✨⠀Post by 📸 🔥FOUNDER: 🔥✨Mark your photo with tag #londoncityworld and we'll post it!✨#London #Europe #thisislondon #street #londonlife #londoncity #gb #londoner #passionpassport #beautifuldestinations #lovelondon #lovegreatbritain #uk #unitedkingdom #britain #bigben #westminster #visitlondon #toplondonphoto #towerbridge #vsco #vscolondon #igerslondon #lovegreatbritain #britain #mydarlinglondon