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12:00 AM, February 14, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:25 AM, February 14, 2020

Big Ben tower more badly damaged than thought

Britain's Big Ben tower at the Houses of Parliament was more badly damaged by German bombs during World War Two than originally thought, experts said yesterday, as the bill for its restoration rose by nearly 20 million pounds ($25 million). The 177-year-old tower has been swathed in scaffolding for the past three years as craftsmen refurbish its stonework and famous 12-tonne clock. Although the tower survived Nazi bombing, its roof and dials were damaged in a May 1941 air raid which destroyed the main House of Commons chamber. The latest refurbishment of the structure, during which its 13-tonne Big Ben bell has been largely silenced, is expected to be finished next year.

 

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