When you visit new place, it is essential to make a good and detailed plan of all the things to do and see. London is one of the most visited cities in the world, famous for many reasons and with many attractions. No matter if you are planning a long term stay or just a few days getaway, there are certain places worth seeing. One of them is Tower of London.
Please keep reading if you want to know more about:
- Tower of London location and history
- The White Tower
- The Waterloo Block
Tower of London location and history
Tower of London is probably the most historical building in London, home of the Crown Jewels. Yes, the jewels that cost a fortune are located in the Tower of London, kept safe by the best possible guards or how English people call them – the Beefeaters. The famous Tower of London is located on the river Thames, revealing beautiful and breathtaking views of the city. It is a historic castle existing since late 1078 built by William the Conqueror. Within the years the castle was used for many purposes like a treasury, an armoury and others. One of the main uses of the Tower of London used to be a prison in 16th and 17th centuries. There are legends and believes how prisoners were tortured and murdered, but the reality is that only a few people were actually executed within these premises.
This walk we start inside, which includes a spacious yard and several different buildings, which we will visit one by one. Unfortunately the one with the Crown Jewels we cannot film, because all kind of photography there is forbidden.
The main buildings of Tower of London include:
The White Tower
This is the foundation and the main structure of the castle. Currently it is a stone tower, but in the very beginning it was built of wood. Back in 1100, this tower was a secure dungeon. Nowadays you can explore the three floors of the structure.
The Waterloo Block
This is the place that everyone rushes to. This is where you will find the Crown Jewels, kept there since 1967. Before that they were located in Martin’s Tower, which you will see in the video. The atmosphere here is different. The space is quite dark with accent lights on all of the pieces that will simply amaze you.
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