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Item №:

21013

Pieces:

346

Minifigures:

N/A

Price: Flag-US $29.99
Flag-DE €29.99
Flag-UK £24.99
Flag-AU $49.99

Additional prices:
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Ages:

12+

Released:

June 1, 2012

Theme:

Architecture

21013 Big Ben is an Architecture set released on June 1 2012. It includes a model of Big Ben, the famous clock tower in London.

Description

The set includes a model of Big Ben, built in sand and grey colours, and. It is nearly 20 centimeters tall. It has four clock face pieces, all of which have the time set at nearly quarter to 12. The vertical effect on the sides of the building is done using vent pieces, placed at a 90 degree angle.

Background

Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower.

The tower was designed by Augustus Pugin in a neo-gothic style. When completed in 1859, its clock was the largest and most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world. The tower stands 315 feet (96 m) tall, and the climb from ground level to the belfry is 334 steps. Its base is square, measuring 39 feet (12 m) on each side. Dials of the clock are 23 feet (7.0 m) in diameter. On 31 May 2009, celebrations were held to mark the tower's 150th anniversary.

Big Ben is the largest of five bells and weighs 13.5 long tons (13.7 tonnes; 15.1 short tons). It was the largest bell in the United Kingdom for 23 years. The origin of the bell's nickname is open to question; it may be named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who oversaw its installation, or heavyweight boxing champion Benjamin Caunt. Four quarter bells chime at 15, 30 and 45 minutes past the hour and just before Big Ben tolls on the hour. The clock uses its original Victorian mechanism, but an electric motor can be used as a backup.

On 21 August 2017, a four-year schedule of renovation works began on the tower, which are to include the addition of a lift. There are also plans to re-glaze and repaint the clock dials. With a few exceptions, such as New Year's Eve and Remembrance Sunday, the bells are to be silent until the work has been completed in the 2020s.

Notes

  • The instructions include a section containing information on Big Ben's architecture and history.
  • This is the first UK-based Architecture set.

Description from LEGO.Com

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Recreate the world's most iconic timepieces – the Big Ben Clock Tower!

Presenting the Big Ben Clock Tower, one of the world's most instantly recognizable landmarks. Standing at the northeast corner of the Palace of Westminster in London, England, the Big Ben Clock Tower was erected from 1843–1859 following a fire that burned down much of the original palace. The clock tower features classical design with a distinct gothic influence. The clockwork itself was designed by Edward John Dent shortly after construction of the tower began. This LEGO® Architecture series interpretation of the Big Ben Clock Tower was designed by Slovenian architect Roc Z. Kobe in collaboration with the LEGO design team.

Interpretation of real-world architectural landmark, the Big Ben Clock Tower Booklet included with details on design and history (English language only. Other languages available for download.) Collect the entire landmark series! LEGO® Architecture inspires future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world using the LEGO brick as a medium for reproducing esteemed structures Measures 7.7” (19.4cm) tall, 3.8” (9.6cm) wide and 3.1” (8cm) deep


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