In London big Ben silenced for repair work
In London the great bell known as big Ben the last 157 years of uninterrupted gave the city a ringing Gong.
But in the beginning of next year, for the third time in living memory, big Ben will fall silent - the silence is so noticeable that some Londoners may even find it deafening. The time has come for small repair works like the song of Shawn Colvin.
In fact, the repair is not that small. On average it will take 3 years and is estimated to cost 29 million euros, or more than $42 million. the bell will be silent "a few months", because the team performs repair and maintenance.
The great bell is located on the Elizabeth tower of the Palace of Westminster. He is undoubtedly the main attraction of the city. But in the masonry of the tower cracks and corrode the bell tower. Big Ben needs work. Also on the tower is a large clock, which after more than half a century of almost continuous service, may become inaccurate or even fail.
Through repair many problems will be solved. The watch will operate smoothly, the bearings will be lubricated. The tower will be restored. Also staff maintenance crews will install a lift that will help disabled people and with the necessary evacuation. And for those who think that climbing the 334 steps takes a lot of time in the tower will also install the toilet.