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- "To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time."
- –Leonard Bernstein
Big Ben is an especially useful Wonder for Gold-oriented nations such as the Arabs and the Venetians, because it can put all the extra Gold they have lying around to use in developing cities (by buying buildings) or developing their military (by buying units). It also helps further accumulation of Gold through its secondary bonuses and the Great Merchant points.
Big Ben is the bell housed within the clock tower at the northern end of the Houses of Parliament in London, England. The clock tower is called Elizabeth Tower, or simply Clock Tower, but it is an extremely common misconception that the tower itself is called Big Ben, and it is often informally (though incorrectly) referred to as such. The clock is famous for its accuracy, and the massive bell which weighs more than 13 tons and tolls out the day's hours.
The Tower was designed by Augustus Pugin as part of Charles Barry's redesign for the Palace of Westminster. The mechanism for the clock was designed by Sir Edmund Beckett. The clock and bell were installed in the tower in 1859. Big Ben's tower is the second largest four-faced clock in the world. At the base of each face of the clock is the Latin inscription, "Oh Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First."