The Tower of London

The Tower of London

The Tower of London is a historic English castle situated on the north of the River Thames in London founded in 1066 during the Norman Conquest of England. 

 

The tower is nicknamed the White Tower. It was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and was built to symbolize oppression. The castle used to be used as a prison between 1100 and 1952. However this was not its main use. The tower of London use to be a large palace inhabited by the royal family. The Tower is a made up of multiple buildings surrounded by two rings of defensive walls and a deep moat.

The Tower of London is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Central London. Its two main attractions are the armor displays and The Crown Jewels which have been on public display since 1669.

Some of the buildings were remodeled to match the rest of the updated structures. Between 1845 and 1885 institutions such as the Mint which were located in the Tower of London hundreds of years, decided to relocate to another location. Most of the medieval style structures that were left unused have been demolished. The War Office has taken responsibility for storage of British military weaponry.