Big Ben rings again after five years of silence

Although still under renovation, the famous clock rang during the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Londoners will soon be able to hear Big Ben tolling. After five long years of renovation, the most famous clock in the world will officially come out of its silence on Sunday, November 13 at 11 a.m. (noon in Paris).

The four-bell carillon will then chime every quarter, and Big Ben every hour, as it had done for 158 years before the renovation. The date coincides with “Remembrance Sunday” (“Remembrance Sunday” in French) to commemorate the armistice of the First World War.

In five years, the watch has rung on a few rare occasions thanks to a replacement electrical mechanism. This was especially the case during the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on 8 September.

The emblematic clock that dominates the British Parliament will thus return to its usual rhythm after the meticulous cleaning of more than 1,000 parts that make it up. Place at the top of the Elizabeth Tower (96 meters high), thethe bells themselves have not moved. Big Ben is so impressive that moving it would require destroying the floor of the tower.

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