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The Symbol Of Power – Tower Of London

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The tower of London has been   an integral   part   of British Royal History
for nearly 1000 years.

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The tower of London has been an integral part of British Royal History
for nearly 1000 years. Only at this place one can marvel at the
breathtaking beauty of Crown Jewels and stand on the execution site of
three British queens.

The Tower of London has a very interesting story behind it. It was begun
by a man who was not even English, William of Normandy. At the time he
was the cousin of England‟s Kind Edward. It all started because William
became outraged when Edward backed down on his promise to give the throne
to William and ended up giving the throne to his English brother-in-law,
Harold. William sailed his army across the English Channel to conquer
England. On October 14, 1066, he met Harold at Hastings and conquered

On Christmas Day later that year, popularly known as William the
conqueror - was crowned King of England. Immediately after William took
over as king, he built forts everywhere. One stood in the southeastern
corner of London, near an old Roman wall on the north bank of the Thames
River. William ordered that this fort be removed in 1078 to be replaced
by a huge stone stronghold. This would be the “symbol of his power, a
fortress for his defense, and a prison for his enemies”. He named it the
Tower of London.

The Tower was finished twenty years later, rising nearly one hundred feet
high, with its walls fifteen feet thick in certain places. Inside were a
chapel, apartments, guardrooms, and crypts. The Tower was protected by a
wide ditch, a new stone wall, the old Roman wall, and the river. This was
done to secure the fact that this tower was a prison that no prisoner
would escape from.

After the death of Henry VII, the Tower of London was never again used to
house an English queen or king.

One can gain a fascinating insight into the role of the Crown Jewels in
royal pageantry with introductory films which include rare color footage
of HM Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. Once inside the Treasury, one can
marvel at the Imperial State Crown worn at the State Opening of
Parliament and be dazzled by the world‟s largest, top-quality cut
diamond, Cullinan I, set in the Sovereign's Sceptre.

The Yeoman Warders have guarded this royal palace and fortress for
centuries they captivate one with amazing stories, passed on from
generation to generation, and guide to the infamous Traitors‟ Gate and
the execution site..
A spectacular programme of special events runs throughout the year.
Costumed guides bring the intrigue, tales and daring exploits associated
with The Tower to life.

Is it any wonder that the Tower Of London is the Britain‟s leading
historic visitor attraction? It was here that Anne Boleyn was executed.
Guy Fawkes interrogated. Richard II and Elizabeth I incarcerated and the
„Princes in the Tower‟ disappeared without trace.

Standing guard by the River Thames,   The   Tower is an impressive London
landmark. Find out the secrets that   lie   within its walls, marvel at the
breathtaking Crown Jewels, stand on   the   site where three English queens
were beheaded and explore the myths   and   legends that make a visit to The
Tower a fantastic day out.

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