World’s most famous clock Big Ben to fall silent until 2021

Vastavam web: The chimes of one of the world’s most famous clock towers of the 19th century, the Big Ben in London, will fall silent for essential repairs for four years from next week.The regular bongs of the Elizabeth Tower, as it is officially known, will sound for the final time at midday next Monday before being disconnected to allow the clock and surrounding tower to be restored.The Great Bell has sounded on the hour for 157 years. It last fell silent in 2007 and before that, for major refurbishments between 1983 and 1985.However, it will still sound for important events including New Year’s Eve and Remembrance yesterday.

“This essential programme of works will safeguard the clock on a long term basis, as well as protecting and preserving its home – the Elizabeth Tower,” said Steve Jaggs, the clock’s keeper.To stop the chimes, the striking hammers of the bell will be locked until 2021. It weighs 13.7 tonnes.Elizabeth Tower is said to be the most photographed building in the UKThe project’s principal architect Adam Watrobski told the BBC the works would install new amenities in the tower, including a lift, toilet and kitchen.