Big Ben

The London landmark is undergoing maintenance work ahead of its 150th anniversary in 2009.

LONDON, England (Reuters) — The "bongs" of London’s Big Ben stopped on Saturday for up to six weeks as the clock’s chimes were shut down for maintenance work.

An electric system will keep the clock moving while work takes place on the mechanism. The stoppage will be the longest suspension of Big Ben since 1990. There were previous stoppages of both the hour and quarter bells in 1956 and 1934. T

he 96 meter (315 ft) clock tower of Britain’s parliament is popularly known as Big Ben, although the name actually refers to the 13.5 tonne Great Bell inside.

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