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Big Ben Going Silent For Four Years During Repairs

The chimes of Big Ben will chime for the last time next Monday before going silent until 2021 due to repairs.

The London landmark has been tolling the time since 1859. It was last refurbished in 2007 and from 1983-1985 before that.

While the entire structure is commonly referred to as Big Ben, it is actually composed of four parts: Elizabeth Tower, the Great Clock, the quarter bells, and the Great Bell (which is popularly known as Big Ben).

The bells will still toll for special events, such as ringing in the new year.

Britons and fans took to Twitter to share their reactions and memories.

I’m just surprised no one tweeted this gem from Back to the Future:

Huffington Post

[Via Twitter]

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