Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Tower of London

Tower of London is one of the historic sites that have stood the test of time. It was built by William the conqueror in 1078. The tower as served as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress. The castle was also used as a prison in the 16th and 17th centuries. The tower was used to torture people but there has never been a dedicated torture chamber in the tower, contrary to the widespread fiction of a torture chamber inside the tower. Tower of London is protected World Heritage Site for it is by no doubt one of the country’s most popular tourists attractions.

Tower Torture exhibition at the bottom of Wakefield Tower

The White Tower
The White Tower is at the heart of the Tower of London.  The White Tower is one of the most famous castles in the world.

There are seven ravens in the tower. They make the place look beautiful and according to stories, Charles II insisted that the ravens have to be protected at all cost. There is a popular word in the streets of London that says ‘if the ravens leave the tower, the kingdom will fall’.

The Fusilier Museum

This is an old army officer’s quarter that has been turned to a museum that preserves the history of the British infantry.
The museum was originally built as Army Officers' quarters.  The Royal Regiment Fusiliers was formed in late 1600's.  For over 200 years, the Royal Fusiliers was based at the Tower.

Tower Bridge (View from The White Tower)

Tower Green and the Queen's House

Bloody Tower

Medieval Palace 
Medieval Palace is the world of Henry III and his son Edward, the Medieval Kings.  For hundred of years, kings and queens stayed in these rooms.  There is also a palace in there that portrays how life in the middle age can be luxurious.

The Tower of London is such an incredible place to visit.  I learned the history in a couple of hours.  The admission is the highest, compared to other attractions in London.  £20 (about $34USD).  (The fee is still lower than The Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, which costs almost $60 per person).  

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