The Eiffel Tower stands 300 meters tall. Big Ben, the Great Bell in the Queen Elizabeth Tower, stands 7ft 6in tall, is 2.29m long, and weighs 13 tons. The Eiffel Tower stands 1,063 feet (324 meters) tall and weighs 7300 tons. In comparison to Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower is enormous.
The Eiffel Tower is more than twice as big as Big Ben.
The Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben, stands 96 meters tall, and the bell alone weighs 13.7 tons. Big Ben is the biggest of the Elizabeth Tower's five bells. It was cast in 1695 by Thomas Caunt, an English bell maker who worked for George Moller of London. The tower itself was built between 1859 and 1866 to a design by Sir Edward Elgar. It replaced an earlier one that had been destroyed by fire.
When it comes to human height standards, William Shakespeare was a fairly short man at 5' 7" or 175 cm. Ben Jonson was also quite short, at 5' 2". In fact, over half of all men were below 6 feet tall in England during this time. As for women, only 1 in 10 was above 4 feet 11 inches. Most were around 3 feet 9 inches as measured today.
In conclusion, both William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson were relatively small people. Their respective towers are shown here in comparison to a few other famous structures: the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, and Mount Everest are all larger than Elizabeth Tower but still highly recognizable as parts of buildings you can visit today.
With a height of over 320 meters and a weight of 10,100 tons, the Eiffel Tower serves as both a landmark, recognized across the globe as the symbol of Paris, and a magnificent example of material construction, characteristics, and performance. It is the most visible element of a worldwide phenomenon called Le Tour de France, which has been ridden by over 200 people from 25 countries.
The tower was built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World's Fair. After the exhibition ended, Louis-Phillipe, the king of France, granted the builder a lifetime concession to maintain the structure. The Eiffel Tower is visited by more than 50 million people a year and its revenue amounts to about $60 million per year. It is considered one of the greatest engineering achievements of all time.
The heaviest piece of equipment used during its construction was the engine used by Eiffel to lift the main armature inside the iron hull of his vessel up to the building site. This engine now sits in the Science Museum in London and measures 3 meters high by 1.5 meters wide. It weighs 15 tons.
The lightest piece of equipment used during its construction was the wheeled trolley on which it was transported. This item now sits in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and measures 2 meters in diameter and 0.5 meter tall.
13.7 metric tons Big Ben is the tallest and heaviest of the tower's five bells, weighing 13.5 long tons (13.7 tonnes, 15.1 short tons). It was the biggest bell in the United Kingdom for 23 years. The second largest bell in Europe is the Saint Michael clock tower bell at St. Michael's Cathedral in Prague at 14 tonnes (15 long tons), but that weighs as much as four Big Bens put together.
The world's first digital clock strikes the hours using light beams instead of springs. It also provides the time in the afternoon when electricity is available again after sunrise. The clock keeps accurate time by referring to an atomic clock located within the British government office that monitors time zones around the world. This clock works by absorbing some of the energy from uranium atoms in a process called "nucleation."
The clock on Big Ben started to ring every hour back in 1930. It took more than 10,000 parts to build this iconic structure. The clock mechanism itself weighs nearly two tons and requires skilled workmanship to install and maintain.
Big Ben is the nickname given to the Great Bell in London's Palace of Westminster. Its official name is the Elizabeth Tower, after Queen Elizabeth II. The queen did not like being called the Princess, so it is only proper that she is not called the Queen either!