The Tower of London is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in the extreme western portion of the borough of Tower Hamlets in central London. The Norman Conquest of England founded this historic Tower of London at the end of 1066. William the Conqueror built a mightily stone tower at the center of his fortress in 1078, the entire royal castle is known as the White Tower and was a resented symbol of brutality. In the 1200s. The Tower of London was expanded by King Henry III and Edward I. The Tower of London was a royal residence until the 17th century and it housed the Royal menagerie (the lion tower) from the 13th century to 1834. The Tower of London serves as a royal palace, armoury, prison, and even a zoo. The Tower today is still home to her Majesty’s Crown Jewels.
Today the Tower of London is open for visitors to explore the royal life of Kings and Queens and the British heritage. The dark secrets of the world’s famous fortress attract’s visitors from all over the world.
Tower of Strength:
Until the 1800s, when the tower served as a royal residence. Kings and Queens used the Tower of London in time of trouble to protect their possessions and stored Armour. All coins of the Realm were made at the Tower until 1810, even today, the Crown Jewels are protected by a garrison of soldiers. The Tower of London is also known as the Tower of strength.
A menagerie of wild and exotic animals was kept in the Tower over 600 years. It includes everything from elephants to ostriches, lions, and polar bears, they were kept in the confines of the White Tower.
The Tower of London’s Guards:
The royal bodyguard of the Tower of London are known as Yeoman Warders and the name Yeomen Beefeaters, They were called this because they are allowed to eat as much beef as they wanted from the King’s table. The Beefeaters are tasked with the job of protecting the jewels and also acting as tour guides for the visitors.
The Royal Mint:
Visitors can explore the Coins and Kings exhibition which portray the story of the Royal Mint at the Tower of London in between the era from 1279 to 1812. Visitors can learn about the life of Kings and Queens through outdoor interactive displays and even fun facts about Issac Newton and more.
The Tower’s Ravens:
The Tower of London is also famous for it’s Ravens and no visit to the Tower would be same without saying hello. The Ravens have been resident at the Tower since the 1600’s and as legend has it there must be at least six Ravens at the Tower to avoid disaster befalling the nation.
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