The world famous clock, Big Ben, located in Elizabeth Tower in the UK will go silent from Monday, August 21, at 12 noon until 2021 while it undergoes repairs.
The tower, which was last renovated about 30 years ago, is in dire need of repairs. Officials say it will have to stay silent while repairs go on as its chiming will damage the repair-men’s ears.
According to BBC, while the repair work is ongoing, an electric motor will drive the clock hands, so it will continue to tell the time.
The repairs will cost £29m, according to NBC News reports. The bell will still sound for important events – New Year’s Eve, and the likes, but will quit chiming on the hour as it usually does.
Big Ben last fell silent in 2007, and before that, for major repairs between 1983 and 1985.
It is expected to chime for the final time midday on Monday, after which repair work will begin in full.
The clock’s keeper Steve Jaggs told BBC”This essential programme of works will safeguard the clock on a long term basis, as well as protecting and preserving its home – the Elizabeth Tower.”