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The Whole Palace
Big Ben is an intermediate wooden building puzzle with 142 pieces. It's designed for ages 8 and up. Assembled, the Big Ben 3D puzzle measures a tabletop-friendly 18.5" x 5.5" x 9.75" (47 x 14 x 24.8 cm).
3D wooden puzzles come die-cut on 3mm-thick sheets of high-grade wood, complete with sandpaper. They include a picture of the final assembled model and a numbered chart to help you out if you get stuck. Painted, varnished, or left as natural wood, historical puzzles deliver a challenging, educational and creative activity. No tools or glue are necessary, although you might want to use a bit of white glue if you're assembling your model for permanent display. Some pieces may come pre-painted. Background illustration is not included. Our shipping charges are calculated by product weight and destination. Due to this solid-wood product's weight, the shipping charge might be higher than you would expect.
Are you curious...?
"Big Ben" is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the Palace of Westminster in London. Although purists don't like it, Big Ben generally refers to the whole clock tower, too. Our model does that one better and gives you the whole palace, sans clock or bells.
The clock tower was the tallest in the world upon its completion in 1858, and at 316 feet (96 meters, or 16 stories) it's still the third tallest. In spite of being one of the world's biggest tourist attractions, foreign visitors aren't allowed inside the clock tower and even British citizens have to arrange tours through their member of Parliament. Those who bother will find a 334-step climb to the top -- with no elevator.
Big Ben (the bell) was cast in 1856 and officially named for Sir Benjamin Hall, whose name appears on it. Folklore says that it actually honors heavyweight boxer Benjamin Caunt. The 16-ton bell was carried to the tower on a trolley drawn by 16 horses, then cracked beyond repair when it was tested. Its replacement, weighing 13.5 tons, took 18 hours to be hoisted 200 feet to the belfry. Two months after its first peal, the new bell cracked, too. This time they spent three years patching it, and although it never sounded quite right again, it's still in service today.