The Tower of London

Middle Tower guarding the approach to the Tower of London

More correctly known as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, the Tower of London, this structure is almost universally known just as the Tower of London. Begun by William the Conqueror – Guillaume le Conquérant – in 1078, although incorporating some parts of an earlier Roman building, the square tower at the centre of the two concentric walls is the world famous White Tower. The structure in the centre of the photograph is the Middle Tower, which guards the entrance to the Tower proper. No longer a palace but a repository of the Crown Jewels, a museum and a tourist attraction, the Tower is manned by Her Majesty’s Yeomen of the Guard, better known as Beefeaters, who act as tour guides as well as providing security. The excavation in the foreground started as a long-needed repair to a wall of the now dry moat, but rapidly developed into an archeological dig!

The Tower of London has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and should be on everyone’s list of things to see, if they visit the UK.

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