The famous bell of the North Tower of the Palace of Westminster in London will ring again at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Thus, the bell will mark the entry into the New Year – for the first time after large-scale repair and restoration work, which will be completed in 2021.
In the past two years, The Elizabeth Tower – one of the most photographed buildings in the UK with a height of 96 meters – is surrounded by scaffolding for work on the regulation and painting of two pairs of clocks, as well as for the repair of stone ornaments on them.
In March 2019, some of the scaffolding was removed, and the public was able to see that the numbers and hands of the four dials of the tower, blackened with time, were painted blue to preserve their original appearance, experts say.
After repairs began in 2017, Big Ben was “silent” most of the time, and its bell rang only once on special dates. The last time the big Ben bell rang was on November 11, Memorial Day.
The bell will be tested several times in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve, the British Parliament said in a press release.
The restoration of the tower, estimated at 61 million pounds (79.9 million dollars), includes work on repair and decoration, including the restoration of the original colors of the London tower.
The work will be completed in 2021 and will be followed by a program to restore the entire building of the British Parliament, which will be implemented with a budget of 4 billion pounds.