UK parliament’s ‘Big Ben’ bell marks 160 years with silence as restoration work continues

The clock's hour bell, nicknamed Big Ben, see at the Elizabeth Tower at Westminster Palace in London, Britain in this undated handout photo. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s parliament marks 160 years on Thursday since its “Big Ben” bell first chimed, but the familiar bongs will not ring out to celebrate the occasion as the famous clock-tower is half way through a major restoration project. That work has seen the 96-metre-tall Elizabeth Tower, one of the most photographed buildings […]

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