What You Didn’t Know About Big Ben

Fireworks light up the London skyline just after midnight on January 1, 2009 in England. Source: (Photo by Oli Scarff gettyimages.com)

Big Ben … that big clock high on a tower is a symbol of London. This 160-year-old landmark keeps Londoners punctual and provides a backdrop for iconic tourist pics, but beyond that, how much do you know about Big Ben? Throughout its history, the world’s best-known clock has had many facelifts, but it remains one of the most recognizable places on the planet. Here is what you probably didn’t know about Big Ben.