The Tower of London

posted by Sharon October 24, 2016 11 Comments
Tower of London

What do you think of when you hear “The Tower of London?” Here’s an overview of this place with its structures dating back for centuries. Contrary to what you may picture, the Tower of London is actually a complex of different towers, a palace, and an exhibition of the official Crown Jewels.

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Tower of LondonTower of LondonWilliam the Conqueror built the White Tower after his military victory in 1066. He chose this spot on the Thames River as ideal for a fortress. The Tower Bridge spans the river right outside the gates.

Tower of LondonA large moat for protection surrounds the area. No water fills it today, but the green lawn testifies to the era when it was used as a sewer for the castle.

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The “Tower” expanded through the next 5 centuries, with kings and queens living in the White Tower and prisoners cast into another tower across the walkway. Tower of LondonTower of LondonTower of LondonTower of LondonTower of London

Tower of LondonThe most famous of all who lost their heads in the courtyard is Anne Boleyn, one of the wives of Henry VIII. We heard the gruesome story of her beheading, which was of course attended by a few hundred onlookers. The blade came down so fast that her eyes still moved after the detachment. When the executioner held up her bloody head, the crowd gasped as she appeared to look around at them. Entertaining, indeed.

This story and so many others are told by the Beefeaters on a tour of the Tower of London. These legendary guards / tour guides are required to serve in the military for years before applying to become a Beefeater. They are then required to live on the grounds in this area, guarded in style.

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Our guide had us laughing through the entire tour. If you go, be sure to join one of these tours to get a rounded picture of the history of the Tower.

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Tower of LondonOne of the fascinating historical oddities to see are the ravens. The belief passed down the ages is that if the 6 ravens who live on the grounds die, the kingdom will fall. Charles II wrote a law that the ravens cannot be harmed. The birds’ wings are clipped and they reside in luxury here. Currently seven ravens live in the Tower grounds—six plus one spare, just in case. You can make a game of trying to spot all seven while you visit.

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Today the Tower of London sits surrounded by modern glass skyscrapers in the heart of the city.

Tower of LondonBut step inside the gate and you will be transported back into time, century on century. Enjoy your visit, and remember not to pet those ravens.

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Tower of LondonIf you go:

Open 9:30 to 4:30 Tuesday through Saturday; 10:00 to 4:30 Sunday and Monday

Adult tickets are 25 pounds; children 5 through 15 are 12 pounds; under 5 free

Underground station: Tower Hill

Visit Historic Royal Palaces for more information.

Linking up with Image-in-ing, The Good, the Random, the Fun, Through My Lens, Seasons, Little Things Thursday, Weekend Wanderlust, and Life Thru the Lens.

 

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11 Comments

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Jandi October 24, 2016 at 9:26 am

I really enjoyed this post! Wonderful images!

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin October 24, 2016 at 10:34 am

That was one of my favorite parts of our England trip years ago! You had a gorgeous day, too!

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linky October 24, 2016 at 8:44 pm

Great post!
Thanks for linking up with us at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/10/along-way.html

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Villroses hage October 25, 2016 at 6:42 am

Some history behind those walls! Strange that kings and prisoners lived nex door…

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Regine Karpel October 25, 2016 at 10:23 am Reply
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Joyce Lansky October 26, 2016 at 1:00 am

These photos are great!

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Ida P. Krause October 26, 2016 at 6:35 pm

Awesome photos of the tower. I loved the various angles at which you shot some of the photos. That was indeed a “gruesome” tale about Anne Boleyn. I also enjoyed the story about the Ravens.

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Patrick Weseman October 27, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Wow. What a great post and great pics. Very nice.

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Molly October 28, 2016 at 9:26 am

It is definitely one of the things that is worth spending the money on to go inside and see properly

mollyxxx

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tom the backroads traveller October 28, 2016 at 8:05 pm

This architecture junkie is in love!

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Lisa October 28, 2016 at 8:48 pm

I thought the fact that they had to serve for, I think 20+ if I remember right, and then apply was very interesting. And, I had no idea that they still lived on grounds. Our tour guide made a funny joke about it being the best place to raise teenagers. My boy, who was 10 at the time was quite enamored with King Henry’s amour… if you saw it you can imagine why. 😀 Boys, they are silly.

Lisa @ LTTL

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