London’s Big Ben to Go Silent for Four Years
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That is the sound of Big Ben.
People from London like to call the ringing of Big Ben "bongs." They mark the start of a new hour.
Big Ben is the name of the large bell inside the clock tower above Britain's Houses of Parliament. The tower is part of the Palace of Westminster. There are other smaller bells, too.
The structure that houses Big Ben is one of the most famous sights in the country. It is called the Elizabeth Tower.
Big Ben started making its bongs 158 years ago. But beginning on August 21, it will go silent for four years. The bell will ring for the last time at 12 noon.
The bell will be disconnected from the clock as crews launch a major repair project in the tower.
The clock, however, will continue to tell the time, silently.
The only time people in London will hear the bells will be on Remembrance Sunday, which falls on November 12th this year, and New Year's Eve.
Some people are making plans to be in London for the final bongs before the four-year silence.
The renovation project will cost about $40 million, said Steve Jaggs. He is known as "The Keeper of the Great Clock."
Jaggs said the goal is to keep the building safe and the famous timepiece working for future generations to enjoy.
The clock faces and many of the clock's moving parts will be taken apart and cleaned. Rust will be removed and an elevator will be built for workers to use.
The last time the bell stopped ringing for repairs was in 2007. It was also silent for the funerals of former Prime Ministers Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher.
There was reaction to the silencing of Big Ben on social media.
Joana reacted to the news on Twitter. She proposed that there be "one minute of silence for the lost bongs of Big Ben."
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伦敦人喜欢把大本钟的钟声称为“bongs”（当当的声音） 。钟声代表新的一小时的开始 。
大本钟指的是英国国会大厦钟楼内的大钟 。该钟楼是威斯敏斯特宫的一部分 。钟楼内还有其他小一点的钟 。
大本钟的钟楼是英国最负盛名的地标建筑之一 。这座钟楼还被称为伊丽莎白塔 。
158年前，大本钟发出第一声钟响 。不过从8月21日开始，大本钟将“静音”四年 。大本钟将在午间12点最后一次敲响 。
史蒂夫.杰格斯（Steve Jaggs）称，大本钟翻新计划预计将耗费4000万美元 。他被誉为“大本钟守护者” 。
钟的表盘以及钟表的零部件都将被取下进行清洗 。除了清除铁锈外，还会为工人安装一部电梯 。
上次大本钟“静音”维修是在2007年 。大本钟在前首相温斯顿.丘吉尔（Winston Churchill）以及玛格丽特.撒切尔（Margaret Thatcher）的葬礼期间也曾静音 。
约安娜（Joana）发布推特评论该新闻 。她建议“为大本钟的最后钟鸣沉默一分钟” 。