The Elisabeth Tower, best known as Big Ben, is one of London's most iconic monuments. Technically, Big Ben is the name of the Great Bell, the massive bell inside the clock tower. The bell strikes every 15 minutes and a charming music plays every hour.
A fire destroyed the Westminster Palace in 1834. In 1844 with the reconstruction of the Houses of Parliament a clock tower was added. Big Ben's first toll resounded in Westminster on May 31, 1859, and since then the clock has rarely stopped. Even after a bomb destroyed the House of Commons during the World War II, Big Ben continued to strike the hours. At night when the four dials are lit, the clock tower offers a fantastic view.