United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

24 astonishing facts about Big Ben’s history as it’s revealed the bongs are gone for a long time; Ben Glaze; Mirror Online

UK – Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church

Big Ben bonged for the last time on Monday before falling silent for the longest period in its 158-year history – and what a history.

Big Ben bongs for the last time on Monday before falling silent for four years – the longest period in its 158-year history.

The Elizabeth Tower, home to the Great Clock and the world’s most famous bell, is undergoing a £29million restoration.

The bell will be paused until 2021 to keep workers safe. But it will still ring out on New Year’s Eve and Remembrance Sunday. Steve Jaggs, keeper of the Great Clock, said: “Big Ben falling silent is a significant milestone in this crucial conservation project.

“The public are welcome to mark this important moment by gathering in Parliament Square to hear Big Ben’s final bongs until they return in 2021.”

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