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Watch: Climbing Big Ben & The Elizabeth Tower

There’s something strangely satisfying about looking behind the scenes of an iconic building and there are fewer buildings more famous than the Houses of Parliament and the iconic Clock Tower. The tower was renamed the Elizabeth Tower in 2012 in honour of Queen Elizabeths jubilee and stands 96 meters tall housing 11 floors. The Elizabeth Tower is often mistakenly called Big Ben which is actually the name of the bell within the tower inscribed with the name of Sir Benjamin Hall, First Commissioner for Works after whom it is believed the bell takes it’s name.

Within the belfry (whose bells were first broadcast by the BBC in 1932) is a spiral with 334 steps with a total of 399 to the lantern (the Ayrton Light) and an elevator is also expected to be added during the current restoration work. You can take a trip up the historic staircase (without having sore legs in the morning) by watching the video below:

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St Andrews Day

To celebrate St Andrew’s Day we thought we’d share one of our favourite Scottish staircases. Hidden within the tower of the National Wallace Monument on the Abbey Craig is a spectacular spiral staircase comprising 246 steps. More than just a staircase, the monument which commemorates the 13th Centre Scottish hero William Wallace is home to the 1.6 metre Wallace Sword among other artefacts.

 

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Stair in disbelief: 6 Staircases transformed by murals

The world is full of stairs; dull, humdrum stairs. Fortunately, street artists from around the world have transformed staircases in these public spaces into masterpieces. Viewed from the right vantage point, they create a feast for the eyes, uplift communities and create a vibrant public spaces.

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Auckland, New Zealand: Credit: Flickr / Pablo Garbarino

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Stair in disbelief: 6 Staircases transformed by mosaics

Since the 3rd millennium BC, mosaics have played a part in decorative art; most famously in the patterns and pictures in Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece.

But not to be left in past, mosaics have been used to turn outdoor staircases into wonderful works of colourful art in cities around the world.

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The 16th Avenue, San Francisco: Credit: Flickr / Momo Liew

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Stair in Disbelief: Famous Open-Air Staircases of the world

We make no secret of our love for, or fascination with staircases. And while you won’t find an Abbott-Wade staircase on this list, and we certainly would like to refurbish any of them, this is simply a self indulgent collection of open-air staircases from around the world that we love and we know you will too.

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Name: The Spanish Steps

Location: Rome, Italy

Number of steps: 135

Interesting note: Not in in the country which the name suggests, the Spanish Steps in fact owe their name to the Palazzo di Spagna, seat of the Embassy of Spain.

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Stair Slide

It’s not often we recommend an alternative to stairs but we’ll make an exception for this stair slide just this once!

 

 

 

Piano Stairs

66% more subway users used the stairs following the amazing transformation these stairs painted like a piano with an extra musical flourish.

Would more staircases like this encourage you to ditch the escalators and take the stairs?

 

You may also enjoy reading:

  Stair in disbelief: 6 Staircases transformed by mosaics

  Stair in disbelief: 6 Staircases transformed by colour

  Stair in disbelief: 6 Staircases transformed by murals

  Stair in disbelief: Famous open-air staircases of the world

  The Grand Staircase at Buckingham Palace – 3D Tour

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