Big Ben’s Chimes to be Silenced for Four Years

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Source: Dominic Lipinski/PA

The iconic hourly chimes of London’s Big Ben will be silenced for four years starting at noon on August 21.

The Elizabeth Tower, which is home to The Great Bell lovingly known as Big Ben, is set to undergo much needed restoration work. Although the clock will continue telling the time, the bells will be silenced until 2021, except for certain special occasions such as New Year’s and Remembrance Sunday.

Big Ben has chimed hourly for 157 years, only stopping intermittently for maintenance work.

The keeper of the clock, Steve Jaggs, issued a statement saying, “I have the great honor of ensuring this beautiful piece of Victorian engineering is in top condition on a daily basis. This essential program of works will safeguard the clock on a long-term basis, as well as protecting and preserving its home – the Elizabeth Tower.”

People will be gathering in Parliament Square on Monday to hear Big Ben’s final chimes before it falls into silence.

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