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Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Lens: @ 28mm, ISO: 100, Aperture: f10, Shutter: 1/125

Taken from the Westminster Bridge in London. The Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St Margaret’s Church was inscribed as a cultural World Heritage Site in 1987. The Elizabeth Tower, part of the Palace of Westminster and previously called St Stephen’s Tower, was renamed in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in her Diamond Jubilee year. It was raised as a part of Charles Barry’s design for a new palace, after the old Palace of Westminster was largely destroyed by fire on the night of 16 October 1834. Although Barry was the chief architect of the Palace, he turned to Augustus Pugin for the design of the clock tower. The design for the Elizabeth Tower was Pugin’s last design before his final descent into madness and death, and Pugin himself wrote, at the time of Barry’s last visit to him to collect the drawings: “I never worked so hard in my life for Mr Barry for tomorrow I render all the designs for finishing his bell tower & it is beautiful.” The tower, completed in 1858, holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower standing at at 96 metres (315 feet) high. The clock dials are set in an iron frame 7 metres (23 feet) in diameter, supporting 312 pieces of opal glass, rather like a stained-glass window. Some of the glass pieces may be removed for inspection of the hands. The surround of the dials is gilded. At the base of each clock dial in gilt letters is the Latin inscription: “DOMINE SALVAM FAC REGINAM NOSTRAM VICTORIAM PRIMAM”, which means O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First. There are 334 limestone stairs to the top. Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock, and is often extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower itself.

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elizabeth tower, st stephens tower, westminster clock tower, big ben, palace of westminster, world heritage site, london, architecture, clocks

Photography been a longtime hobby that has now become an obsessive passion. I am fairly eclectic in my choice of subjects, and try to see beauty in most things. Thank you for dropping by my site and I welcome any feedback and tips.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Thank you Ray.

    – Christine Smith

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 1 year ago

    Nicely captured, super view of this iconic tower …

  • Thank you very much Tom for both your kind words and the fave.

    – Christine Smith

  • Dave Godden
    Dave Goddenover 1 year ago

    Stunning image Christine – faved

  • Thank you kindly Dave, for both your comment and the fave.

    – Christine Smith

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 1 year ago

  • Thank you so much for the feature Marie. It is very much appreciated.

    – Christine Smith

  • karina5
    karina5over 1 year ago

    Christine, that’s an awesome image – great perspective and colours. A fave.

  • Thank you for such a great comment and the fave Karina.

    – Christine Smith

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work Christine – Love this xx

  • Thank you so much for another great comment and fave Gail. Much appreciated.

    – Christine Smith

  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    How beautiful this is!

  • Thank you very much John.

    – Christine Smith

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 1 year ago

    Great capture, excellent comp and pov!

  • Thank you so much Angie.

    – Christine Smith

  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carterover 1 year ago

  • Thank you Robyn

    – Christine Smith

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibover 1 year ago

    Congratulations on your feature!

    Click on the banner to leave a comment on our feature broadcast 1st April 2013

  • Thank you so much for the feature in "A World of EOS’ Arfan. I really appreciate it.

    – Christine Smith

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