Last month on July 28 we visited the infamous Tower of London. This was our second visit to the Tower, with the first being in August 2012 when the Olympics was in town.
“The Tower of London was founded in 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England” according to Wikipedia.” The Tower has served variously as an armory, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public record office, and the home of the Crown Jewels of England” Wikipedia.
Although the Tower is known for its’ use as a prison and a place of executions, prior to World War I and World War II only seven people were executed there.
We began our Tour conducted by a throughly colorful character; one of the proud ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London, The Beefeaters.
All Yeoman Warders, “are retired from the Armed Forces of Commonwealth realms and must be former senior non-commissioned officers or petty officers with at least 22 years of service. They must also hold the Long Service and Good Conduct medal” Wikipedia.
Of course the Tower of London was where one of Henry VIII’s most famous wives was imprisoned and subsequently beheaded; Anne Boleyn.
Above is a monument on the Tower Green that approximates the spot where the beheadings occurred.
I found the Ravens fascinating to observe.
Or Henry’s…perhaps wishful thinking…suit of armor.
The Tower has a brooding melancholy atmosphere to it…quite fascinating in its’ historic splendor!
Of course one of the most iconic images is Tower Bridge.
To tour the Tower of London is to both commune with the past and the spirits of history. It is a unique experience that leaves an indelible impression.