Big Ben no longer chiming

 London’s famous Big Ben has gone silent until 2021. No, the bell is not protesting, but is undergoing repairs. Big Ben is the name given to the bell housed inside the clock tower, which is called the Elizabeth Tower. The tower will also get fixed up. A hammer hits the bell which creates the chiming sound. The bell first rang in 1859. It is unknown as to why Big Ben has the name. There are some theories that it was named after either a politician or a boxer.

Here is a video with more information about the bell.

 

Image Credits: Diliff for the image of Big Ben
Sources: telegraph.co.uk