The 55-meter tower was the centerpiece of Parliament Hill, built from 1859 to 1866 by Thomas Fuller. The Victoria Tower was the prominent main bell tower of the original Centre Block parliament building.
The bell is the only relic remaining from the Victoria Tower. It was cast in 1875 and installed in the tower in 1877. The bell fell from the tower during the Centre Block fire of 1916.
The Victoria Tower Bell was restored in the year 2000, and placed on the grounds of Parliament Hill as a monument to the 1916 fire and to Canada’s first Centre Block parliamentary building. It is showcased on a circular granite base, etched as the face of a clock, that represents its role in the keeping of time.