The Tower of London – A journey through Medieval London

The Tower of London, Officially known as ‘ Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London ‘ is a museum and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United Kingdom visited by almost 3 Million tourists in 2019. However, over the years the Tower has served as a Royal Residence, a Prison, an Armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a Public Record office and the home of the crown Jewels of England. 

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This Tower dates back to the 11th Century, when the Duke of Normandy- William the Conqueror captured London. The Majestic Castle is spread over 6 acres with watchtowers at regular intervals and a moat surrounding it. Since its Inception, the tower has always been a symbol of immense Political power in England. The Tower has been notoriously famous for executions throughout its history. Even during the First World War, Eleven men were shot in the tower for espionage. 

Interestingly, six ravens are kept at the tower at all times and are looked after by the raven master. It is believed that if these ravens fly away, then the British Kingdom will fall, and for this very reason, One wing of every raven has been clipped, making sure none of them can ever fly away!!!. There is also evidence of exotic animals like Lions, Tigers, Bears and monkeys being housed in the Tower menagerie: this practice was discontinued when a sailor was bitten by one of the monkeys.

From the Indian point of view, The Koh-I-Noor Diamond, which is now part of the British Crown Jewels remains the most important attraction within the Tower of London Museum. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988, The Tower of London remains a must visit for its Imposing Architecture, intriguing history and the opportunity it presents to catch a Glimpse of Medieval London.

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