London’s Big Ben to Fall Silent for Four Years for Repairs

A four-year cleaning and repair project will begin on 21 August 2017.

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Big Ben — the huge clock bell of Britain’s Parliament — will fall silent next week as a four-year restoration project gets underway. The bongs of the iconic bell will be stopped after chiming noon on Aug. 21 to protect workers during a 29-million-pound ($38 million) repair project on the Queen Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben and its clock. It isn’t due to resume regular service until 2021. Steve Jaggs, keeper of the Great…

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