The Big Ben
Today I present you one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions: The Big Ben.
“Big Ben” is the nickname for the big bell of the clock tower, north of the Palace of Westminster. His real name is “Elizabeth Tower” in honour to the present Queen Elizabeth II.
# It works since 7th September 1859.
# Each clock dial (there are 4) is 7 meters in diameter.
# The minute hands are 4.3 meters long and the hour hands are 2.7 meters long.
# New Year’s Eve (31th December) in London is celebrated around Big Ben area. The countdown is accompanied by the Big Ben’s chimes.
# It has appeared in several animated Walt Disney films, including The Great Mouse Detective, Peter Pan and Cars 2.
The final question: Do you know a famous building in Sta. Coloma where there is a clock in a tower?
Nickname: a familiar name given to a person, animal, or place… Pepe is a nickname for José
Dial: The circular graduated disc of a clock.
Countdown: To count numbers backwards: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0
Chimes: the sound of a bell (campanades)
See you next week!