The bell tower, commonly known as Big Ben, is located on the river Thames. It was built in 1859 and is 96 meters high. It is part of the building of the British parliament.Built in 1859, the 96-meter tower is surrounded by four gilded bells.The name of the tower comes from the Big Ben, the big clock inside.There are 393 steps from the bottom to the top of the tower.Conservative leader David Cameron, Liberal Democrat leader Nick clegg and Labour leader Ed miliband led the support for the name change as an appropriate way to pay tribute to the queen.The proposal caused such controversy on twitter that many people started to mistake the name of Big Ben for the bell tower where it is located.
Fold the evolution
Elizabeth tower originally referred only to the bronze bell in the bell tower, but later evolved to refer to the whole bell tower.The original name of the tower, Big Ben, has been variously named, with one saying that it was named after Sir Benjamin hall.On June 2, 2012, Big Ben was officially renamed Elizabeth tower to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the accession to the throne of queen Elizabeth ii of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.