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Many people think the name Big Ben has always referred to the tower that looms over the UK Houses of Parliament , but they are mistaken. Big Ben was originally the name of the bell that sits inside the 315-foot Elizabeth Tower, and it turned 160 years old on Thursday. Although it first rang the hour on July 11, 1859, Big Ben has been silent since the Elizabeth Tower restoration project started in 2017, according to a press release from Parliament. Work is now at its halfway point, and the most extensive conservation program ever carried out on the tower is expected to finish in 2021. Workers strip paint from dial areas. Credit: UK Parliament/Mark Duffy. The bell known as Big Ben sits insid... Full story

11 July