We spent our 3rd day in London exploring Her Majesty’s Royal Palace & Fortress, the Tower of London. Founded in 1066, this castle & prison has been astonishingly well kept. It is also astonishingly crowded.
Under the Byward Tower, added to the castle between 1238 – 1272.
Upon entrance to the Tower of London, we joined a very amusing and entertaining Yeoman Warder tour.
The Traitor’s Gate –many prisoners were brought through the tower by barge along the Thames, passing under London Bridge, where the heads of recently executed prisoners were displayed on pikes.
Courtyard where the Tower’s 7 ravens hang out. The ravens are traditionally believed to protect the Crown and the Tower; a superstition holds that “If the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it.”
That building houses the crown jewels. Definitely my favorite part of the castle. ^_^
British 25 Pounder Field Gun from 1943. This was used as a saluting gun at the Tower until 2001.
I see they’ve covered the most vital organ…. the heart!
Torture devise. Looks very comfortable….
Tower of London from the Tower Bridge.