8 things I find highly interesting about the Tower of London

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A fortress, palace and prison.

That’s all that Tower of London has been since it was built by William The Conqueror back in 1078 to keep enemies at bay, intimidating them from taking any further attacks on the city. The fortress looks somewhat tiny among the surrounding modern and taller buildings nowadays, but back in it’s time it was easily visible for everyone from miles and miles away which must have had a real impact — exactly the reason it was built for.

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 ♥

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8 things I find highly interesting about the Tower of London

1) The fortress used to be the house of hundreds and hundreds of wild animals (result of gifts to the King from other countries). One of the first animals to arrive at the tower were lions back in 1235. The interesting fact about them though, is that the species that used to be held there is now extinct! They were called Barbary Lions, also known as “medieval lions”, and they were around between the 12th and the 14th century. And yes, the famous lions in Trafalgar Square are also of this species!

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!).

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4) The dark story of the Tower and where it got its bloodiest, was under the reign of the famous King Henry VIII; it was under his command that he had his second wife, Ann Boleyn, decapitated in 1536. Still, he was “respectful” enough to perform this act behind closed doors, contrary to what was custom back then (public executions).

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?

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Right before entering the Crown Jewels. Photographs aren't allowed inside (pity), but I can assure you it's a MUST visit. I had never seen so much sparkle together in my whole life!

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2 Comments

  1. August 12, 2018 / 10:37 am

    hace 2 meses que estoy aca, y todavia no pude hacer de turista, podes creer? Elk primer mes nos gano por knockout entre tramites y cosas varias en la cabeza. Y el segundo mes ya estuvimos un poco mas tranquilos, pero lo usamos para no hacer nada y recuperarnos del primer mes. Tengo que visitar esto!

    • Sora
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      August 18, 2018 / 9:47 am

      Es lógicoooo! Aparte tienen todo el tiempo del mundo para turistear 🙂

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