7 Best Attractions and Tips for Visiting the Tower of London
TOWER OF LONDON: Her Majesty’s Royal Palace, Tower of London Fortress and Britain’s Royal Palace are two of London’s most famous tourist attractions.
The remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site has played many roles over its long history – some parts are over 1,000 years old. It has been a fortress; it was besieged several times but was never taken; it was also a prison and a place of execution; a royal palace; a treasure vault and a Royal Mint; and an observatory. For five centuries, it was also a private zoo.
William the Conqueror created the White Tower to protect London. The tower complex, covering 18 acres, is made up of the Outer Quarter, which surrounds a wall with six towers. There are also two bastions. And the inner district, which has its 13 towers.
For many years, the tower served as a place of confinement. Among the many prisoners were King David II (Scotland), Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth I), Sir Walter Raleigh, William Penn and William Penn.
Many well-known people were also executed inside the walls. This included Henry VI and two of Henry VIII’s wives. The last executions in the tower took place during World War II when many spies were killed here. It is not surprising that ghosts haunt its ramparts or its dungeons.
Our list of top Tower of London attractions will help you learn more about why it’s one of England’s most popular places.
The White Tower and the Line of Kings , TOWER OF LONDON
The White Tower is located in the innermost part of the Inner Quarter. Named after the white limestone from which it was made, it was started in 1078 and finished in 1100. The structure is four stories high and the walls are up to 15 feet thick. Small domes are found on the corner towers. These were built in the 17th century and later restored by Christopher Wren.
Line of Kings’ impressive royal armor is a highlight. This attraction is the oldest in the world, dating back to 1652. It houses a collection of weapons that includes hunting and sporting weapons from medieval times to the late 19th century. They also have armor and weapons that were used in tournaments as well as those belonging to Henry VIII.
The Chapel of St John is a fine example of Norman church architecture dating as far back as 1080.
royal mint, TOWER FROM LONDON
The wonderful Coins and Kings exhibition focuses on the Royal Mint in London. This was located from 1279 to 18.12. The interactive exhibit, which focuses on the lives of workers as well as the stories behind the coins they minted, is located on the site of the original Mint Museum.
The Jewel House – The home of the crown jewels , TOWER OF LONDON
The Crown Jewels were first housed in the Jewel House in 1968. This unique collection also includes the pure gold Crown of St Edward which is still used to crown British sovereigns. It contains more than 2,800 diamonds as well as precious stones. It was built for the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1837. It is still worn on special occasions, such as the official opening of Parliament.
Other items of interest include the spoon (bowl of golden anointing) and spoon (spoon), which are the only remaining relics of the original regalia that survived the Civil War.
The Medieval Palace , TOWER OF LONDON
It is a reconstruction of the quarters used in England by kings and queens during their frequent visits. The medieval palace was built by Henry III while Edward I extended the tower defenses. She is famous for her wealth.
One of the most notable examples is the chimney of the Saint-Thomas tower. Edward I’s bedroom, chantry and Lanthorn Tower. This tower houses a collection of rare objects dating from the 13th century.
Royal Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula , TOWER OF LONDON
From the day it was consecrated on the feast of St. Peter in Chains, the Royal Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula received its name. It was built in 1100. It was then modified in the 13th century, rebuilt in 1512 after a fire, then renovated and restored several times.
It is also where many of those who were executed on Tower Hill or in the Tower are buried. Two of Henry VIII’s executed wives are among them. Sunday services include Holy Communion, at 9:15 a.m., and Matins (which is sung around 11 a.m.).
The bloody tower
Many of the tower’s darkest secrets have been kept, and some of America’s worst deeds have taken place in the aptly named Bloody Tower. Sir Walter Raleigh is one of the most prominent prisoners. He was imprisoned here three times, including a stay of 13 years.
After Edward and Richard’s death by their uncle Richard III the tower received its name.
The Tower of London executed several of its prisoners at Tower Green. The site is now marked by a moving memorial at the exact spot of the execution blocks where they were executed. Execution inside the tower was reserved for high-ranking people or those with strong public support.
Three Queens of England, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard were the most famous of those executed near the site. Lady Jane Gray was only 16 years old. Anne Boleyn died by the swift swordsman who had been specially trained in France. Margaret Pole, a less fortunate victim, was left with a broken head and shoulders.
Queen’s House is on one side, just off Tower Green. It is a half-timbered Tudor house in which Anne Boleyn spent the last days of her life before her execution. This is also where Guy Fawkes was convicted.
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