Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tower of London

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Tower of London resonates a grim past, no wonder whenever somebody mention this medieval English fortress, I immediately cringe in terror. And who would not be? It was there that many prominent English political figures, even royals, met their gruesome end during the turbulent period of English reformation and political upheaval. Through British history books, I'd read the horrible saga of those people who failed to please the monarch or whoever in power during medieval time.

The Tower of London view at the River Thames

Two of King Henry VIII's six wives were beheaded there, Anne Boleyn and her first cousin, Catherine Howard. The famous "Princes of the Towers", King Edward V and his brother, Prince Richard, the Duke of York, were believed to be imprisoned and executed in the gloomy tower. King Henry VI and his son, Prince Edward were also murdered in the tower. The nine days Queen of England, Lady Jane Grey and her husband, Guilford Dudley, were said to be executed in the private room of the tower.

At one point, Queen Elizabeth I, when she was still a princess, was imprisoned in the tower. During those period, anyone who did something against the monarch's wishes, would be condemned to die in the Tower of London in full view of the public. Thus, the tower is associated with terror and horror. So, who would have thought of visiting this awful tower just for a leisure trip considering its dreadful past?
Food at the New Armouries Resto -- Tower of London

But as centuries gone by, the disgusting reputation of the tower is slowly replaced with awe and interest, especially architecture and its connection to England's glorious history. Now, this is considered to be one of the most popular tourist landmarks in Great Britain. It is officially called Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress and located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It was believed to be built around 1066 through the instigation of King William I, the Conqueror.

Now, Tower of London houses the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom and the Royal Mint, it is being cared by the Historic Royal Palaces and open to the public for a visit. Exciting things to see around the tower are the White Tower, the Crown Jewels, the Royal Armour, Menagerie, Exhibition galleries, Tower green and many more. Two restaurants ---New Armouries and Apostrophe--- inside the tower serve tourists with its delicious authentic English delicacies of hot meals, pastries, cakes, teas, Porridge, fruits and biscuits.

Many exciting discoveries await you at the Tower of London, you can book for a visit online. For further inquiries how to go there and arrange a tour, you may visit the official website of HISTORICAL ROYAL PALACES