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The chime-bridge between Great Britain and Russia. Voronina Nastya & Gabova Nastya class 7 D
A clock tower Is a tower specifically built with one or more (often four) clock faces. Before the middle of the 20 th century, most people didn’t have watches, and prior to the 18 th century even home clocks were rare.
Clock towers can be either freestanding or part of a church or municipal building.
Some clock towers are famously known landmarks. Two of them are best-known: Big Ben Spasskaya Tower
Big Ben - Elizabeth Tower The tower is now officially called the Elizabeth Tower. It was renamed after celebration of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee.
The Spasskaya Tower Initially in the 15 th century it was named the Frolovskaya Tower after the Church of Frol and Lavr in the Kremlin. The Church is no longer there.
Two theories of the name Big Ben Sir Benjamin Hall Ben Caunt
A theory of the name Spasskaya Tower The Spasskaya Tower got its name when the icon of Spas Nerukotvorny was placed above the gates on the inside wall in 1658. The wall-painted icon of Spas Smolensky was created on the outside wall of the tower.
A 400 -year difference in age Ø The Smolenskaya Tower was built in 1491 by an Italian architecture Pietro Antonio Solari Ø Whereas Big Ben was constructed in 1859 by Charles Barry, a British architect.
Time keepers For many years a special person, a clock-man, followed the time and ran the bell. Only in 1851 brothers Butenop, the owners of mechanical plant and clockmakers, made mechanical mechanism for the Spasskaya Tower Clock.
Big Ben is the largest four-faced chiming Clock in the world 7 meters in diameter Hour hand 2. 7 m long Minute hand 4. 2 m long
The Spasskaya Tower Clock 6. 12 meters in diameter Hour hand 2. 5 m long Minute hand 3. 3 m long
Height Spasskaya Tower 71 meters Big Ben 96 meters
How many bells do the Towers have? Big Ben: 6 bells. The biggest bell – the Great Bell weights 13. 6 tons Spasskaya Tower: 11 bells. The biggest – the hour bell weights 2. 2 tons
Symbols of countries New Year Victory Day
The main TV news of the day start with the sound of the Towers` chimes.
Big Ben & London Olympic Games On 27 July 2012, starting at 8: 12 am, Big Ben chimed 30 times.
The Spasskaya Tower & winter Olympic Games Will the Spasskaya Tower Clock chime 22 times on 7 February 2014?
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