The day the construction of Big Ben began – level 2


Big Ben is the nickname for a big bell. The bell is in a tower in London and weighs over 13 tons.

However, when people speak about Big Ben, they often mean not only the bell but the whole tower which has four big clocks on it.

The tower’s construction began on September 28, 1843. It was completed in 1859. The tower is 96 meters tall. It is a famous structure in London.

In 2012, the clock tower was officially renamed the Elizabeth Tower in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.

Difficult words: nickname (not an official name), honor (respect).

What is the original name of the clock tower, before it was officially renamed to the Elizabeth Tower?


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