A fortress, palace and prison.
I’m not really good at telling history, but luckily for us many people do and wonderfully. Today I’m showing you the 8 things I find fascinating about the Tower along with some pictures I took from my visit last June.
At the end of this post, I’m linking the documentary from Netflix where all this knowledge came from and is the reason that inspired this post. Enjoy ♥
8 things I find highly interesting about the Tower of London
2) The Tower also held an African elephant, which was fed wine (yes, you read that right, WINE) to keep out the cold. It is said he (obviously) lived short and was always very drunk.
3) Right over the 13th century Bychard Tower that everyone walks past under, the tower holds a secret that visitors are never allowed to see but is, in my opinion, one of the most amazing and ancient treasures of the fortress: the only surviving interior in all the palace, discovered under renovation works done around the Tudor fireplace in the room. The curious thing about it is that it must have been a very expensive thing to do, because there’s lots of red clearly visible in the scene, considering how expensive that pigment was (remember that only royalty wore red, as they were the only ones who could afford it). This interior is clearly showed in a Netflix documentary about the Tower (I’m sharing the link at the end of this post!).
5) The construction of Tower Bridge happened during the Victorian Era, in 1880, and the system to lift the bridge span nowadays is the same from back then; nothing has changed. How amazing is that?!
6) The Yeoman Wards live onsite, with their own doctor and English pub.
7) Another ceremony the tourists (sadly) never get to see, is The Ceremony of The Keys, one of the oldest ceremonies in the world that is still done at the Tower the same way it was done back when it was first implemented.
8) The ravens are an important part of the Tower. Legend says that may the ravens leave the Tower, the palace and the monarchy would fall and it’d be the end of Britain. You wouldn’t pay much attention to them if you didn’t know this bit of information, right?