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U.K. parliament's 'Big Ben' bell marks 160 years with silence amid restoration work
Britain's parliament marks 160 years on July 11 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 in Britain, enveloped in scaffolding as the four clock dials are re-glazed, ironwork repainted and intricately carved stonework cleaned and repaired. It is the most extensive conservation program ever carried out on the tower and has also involved removing the whole of its cast iron roof, made up of 3,433 pieces, for repairs. For more info, please go to http://www.globalnews.ca Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc Like Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: https://bit.ly/2QZaZIB #BigBen #Restoration #UK #GlobalNews