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Game Info[]

Requires Commerce. (BNW-only.png)

  • +4 Gold Gold
  • Cost of Gold Gold purchasing in all Cities reduced by 15%


Big Ben is an especially useful Wonder for Gold Gold-oriented nations such as the Arabs and the Venetians, because it can put all the extra Gold 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 Gold through its secondary bonuses and the Great Merchant points.

Combined with Commerce's Mercantilism policy and Autocracy's Mobilization tenet, you can purchase units for 73% less Gold Gold than normal. This is very useful for late-game warmongers like Germany, America, and Japan.

Civilopedia entry[]

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."


Civilization V Wonders [edit]
World Wonders Alhambra GodsKings5 clear.pngAngkor WatBig BenBorobudur BNW-only.pngBrandenburg GateBroadway BNW-only.pngCN Tower GodsKings5 clear.pngChichen ItzaColossusCristo RedentorEiffel TowerForbidden PalaceGlobe Theatre BNW-only.pngGreat Firewall GodsKings5 clear.pngGreat LibraryGreat LighthouseGreat Mosque of Djenne GodsKings5 clear.pngGreat WallHagia SophiaHanging GardensHimeji CastleHubble Space Telescope GodsKings5 clear.pngInternational Space Station BNW-only.pngKremlinLeaning Tower of Pisa GodsKings5 clear.pngLouvreMachu PicchuMausoleum of Halicarnassus1Neuschwanstein GodsKings5 clear.pngNotre DameOracleParthenon BNW-only.pngPentagonPetra GodsKings5 clear.pngPorcelain TowerProra BNW-only.pngPyramidsRed Fort BNW-only.pngSistine ChapelStatue of LibertyStatue of Zeus1StonehengeSydney Opera HouseTaj MahalTemple of Artemis1Terracotta Army GodsKings5 clear.pngUffizi BNW-only.pngUnited Nations
National Wonders Circus MaximusEast India Company BNW-only.pngGrand Temple GodsKings5 clear.pngHermitageHeroic EpicIronworksNational CollegeNational EpicNational Intelligence Agency GodsKings5 clear.pngNational TreasuryNational Visitor Center BNW-only.pngOxford UniversityPalace
Natural Wonders Barringer CraterCerro de Potosi1El Dorado1Fountain of Youth1Grand MesaGreat Barrier ReefKing Solomon's Mines BNW-only.pngKrakatoaLake Victoria BNW-only.pngMt. FujiMt. Kailash GodsKings5 clear.pngMt. Kilimanjaro BNW-only.pngMt. Sinai GodsKings5 clear.pngOld FaithfulRock of GibraltarSri Pada GodsKings5 clear.pngUluru GodsKings5 clear.png
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