Big Ben is the name with which is known the Great Bell of Westminster, the biggest of the bells found in the Clock Tower that are part of the Great Clock of Westminster Palace of Westminster, located in the city London.
Although this name belongs to the great bell, also popularly applied to the Clock Tower as a whole. The tower is in the northwest corner of the building that houses the headquarters of both chambers of British Parliament.
The name "Big Ben" is universally used to refer to the tower general. However, it officially refers specifically to the main bell within the main tower. This bell is in charge of counting the hours and its approximate weight is 13 tons. It is believed that is named in honor to the first construction manager, Benjamin Hall, or perhaps a tribute to the boxer Ben Caunt, very popular in 1858, the year in which the bell was cast.
The clock tower was the largest in the world in its time, capable of telling every hour with the precision of a second.
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