The tower of London is a significant building and immense value has been given to it over the years. The tower of London is rich in history, tradition, and culture of the country. It attracts visitors and tourists from all over the world. The tower of London has also been named as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This tower has been besieged several times over the years but it has never been captured.
The Tower of London was built by the great William the Conqueror. Its main aim was to give complete protection to London city as well as to keep a watchful eye over the citizens around. The White tower was first built in the year 1078. The tower of London stretches across 18 acres of property.
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Read on to know more about the top attractions to be admired at the Tower of London.
The White tower:
You will find the White tower located within the inner ward of the Tower of London. It has derived its name from the white stone with which it was built. The construction of the white tower was started in the year 1078 and it was completed in the year 1100. The white tower is around 4 stories tall and all the walls surrounding it is about 15 feet in thickness. The cupolas were added to the white tower during the 17th century.
The main center piece and highlight of the White Tower is that of the Line of Kings. The royal armors dating back to several centuries ago are displayed here. Among the exhibits, you will find hunting weapons, sporting weapons, weapons used during the 18th century and the medieval times.
The Jewel house:
The Jewel house is the place where the crown of Jewels has been preserved and well maintained ever since the year 1968. Admire the crown of St. Edward which is of pure gold, and the Imperial Crown set, the anointing bowl and spoon. The Imperial crown is impressive with the 2,800 diamonds and other precious stones inset.
The Royal Mint:
The Royal mint houses coins and personal belongings of the Kings of England from 1279 – 1812. Visit the Royal mint and relive the lives of the workers in England and the hardships stories of the workers and the coins that they worked on at the mints. You will find all the exhibits and artefacts of the ancient and medieval minted coins in England. It is also home to some of the rarest coins and treasures which do not exist any more. They are all displayed within the Royal Museum which is located at the original Royal Mint.
The Medieval palace:
The Medieval palace was built by Henry III and Edward I. The medieval palace was the residential quarters frequented by some of the Kings and Queens of England. The Medieval palace is world renowned for its extensive rich appearance and luxurious interiors all around. Some of the prime features of its grand interiors includes that of the fireplace, the bed chambers, Chantry, and the Lanthorn tower. It houses several rare collections from the 13th century.
The bloody tower:
The bloody tower is rightly called, because it houses some of the dirtiest secrets and the deadliest of deeds done in the past. It houses several prisoners in the olden days, the most prominent figure includes Sir Walter Raleigh. The Bloody tower received its name after two of England’s Princes by the names of Edward and Richard who were imprisoned there, were murdered by King Richard III who was their own uncle.
Other towers at the Tower of London:
The middle tower at the Tower of London was constructed in the year 1307 by Edward I. Another tower known as the Byward tower comprises of guard rooms. The Bell tower has captivated many tourists and visitors from all over the world. It was built in the year 1190 by Richard I, which features the rampart where the Princess Elizabeth walked during her pregnancy. Another tower known as the Wakefield tower was once the home to several ravens which was a fascination during those times.
The Royal Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula:
It was consecrated on the day of the feast of St. Peter in chains, hence it derived its name. It was built in the year 1100. It has undergone renovations several times over the years. The Royal Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula was also the burial place of all those prisoners who were executed in the tower.
It is considered as a terror place. It is also the tower in which the prisoners were executed. It houses the memorial of the prisoners who were beheaded here. Only the people with power and large popular support were beheaded and executed here, so that they were beheaded away from the crowds of England. Some of the famous figures who were executed here were Queen Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Lady Jane Grey, and Margaret Pole.
At the side of the Tower Green is the Queen’s House. It is the place were the prisoner Anne Boleyn spend the last days of her life. This house was built in the Tudor style. It is popular for another reason as well, it is the place were the trial of Guy Fawkes was held.
The Fusiliers Museum:
This museum houses the exhibits of the Royal Regimen of Fusiliers. Get to know the history of this important regimen which shaped the history of the country during the years. The Regimen of Fusiliers was formed in the year 1685 by King James II. The museum can now be found at what was then the Officer’s quarters. The exhibits at the museum includes Victoria crosses, the uniform of King George V, and Napoleon war relics.