The city of London is full of attractive places, especially for those tourists, who love to study history or love to visit historical places and want to explore such places. The Tower of London is a perfect place to pay a visit to.
Introduction and History
At the beginning of 11th century; nearly 1070, William (the conqueror) established the Tower of London, which was lately expanded in around 13th century. The modern shape of Tower of London is the expanded version of Tower of London. The famous attraction here in the tower is the renowned collection of the crown Jewels.
Collecting the historical scripts and information, we come to know that the Tower of London was built for the sole purpose to impose the strength of the Norman King, who conquered that land and wanted to give that land his name. Being located at the Thames, the actual form of the tower was just a wooden building, which was replaced to white tower lately. From time to time, the land for the tower was expanded and one by one, a total of 20 new towers were built to give the structure a powerful historical look. The current shape is the same extended version with 20 towers that we see today. Nowadays, the Tower of London is also known as Crown Jewels; however, that name used to be much disreputable to many political adversaries, who were killed or badly suffered in the Tower of London. Additionally, there was also a royal residence and according to some famous historical facts and figures and some scripts that numerous scholars study nowadays, many kings used to live there is the royal residence and found that land a place of peace.
It has been researched that the oldest part of the fort is the white tower. Historical evidences state that the white tower was built and completed successfully around 1097. The length of the tower is around 27.4 to 27.6 meters which usually gives us the figures of the length in 90 ft, making white tower one of the tallest buildings in London. The name white was added when the tower was whitewashed in the supremacy of Henry III. The current appearance is the same whitewashed version of the tower. From that very time, the tower is normally known as “WHITE TOWER.”
A further expansion was made in the same period during the supremacy of Henry III. Two more protective walls were built around the tower. These 2 walls were further added with 19 towers; thirteen of them were built adjacent to the first wall and six to the second one.
Beefeaters or Yeoman Warders
At the Byward Tower, there is the main entrance to the tower. Most of the people know about the Beefeaters or Yeoman Warders, but most of them don’t know where they’ll be found. At that main entrance, you’ll find the well-known Beefeaters or Yeoman Warders. They are source for protection of the tower and guidance to the new tourists and visitors.
The famous tourist attraction is the collection of Crown Jewels. These Crown Jewels have been displayed here since 17th century and tourists love to see them. It would not be wrong to say that these Crown Jewels are the main reason for the visit of most of the tourists to the Tower of London.
So, in a nutshell, the Tower of London—or shall we call it the Crown Jewels Tower—is one of the most attractive historical places in the London. So, if you’re planning to pay a visit to the top historical places in London, you must start with the Tower of London.