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16/02/2009

Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, Tower Of London


This is a photo of Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower Of London (and historically as The Tower). The Tower of London is often identified with the White Tower, the original stark square fortress built by William the Conqueror in 1078. However, the tower as a whole is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat.
The tower's primary function was a fortress, a royal palace, and a prison (particularly for high status and royal prisoners, such as the
Princes in the Tower and the future Queen Elizabeth I). This last use has led to the phrase "sent to the Tower" (meaning "imprisoned"). It has also served as a place of execution and torture, an armoury, a treasury, a zoo, the Royal Mint, a public records office, an observatory, and since 1303, the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.

3 comments:

roentarre said...

Very nice architecture there.

Pattern in this type of building is always interesting to look at.

You just remind me to go and hunt down a few buildings this like one

Mark Alan Meader said...

Visited inside the Tower a few years ago.. very interesting place, although I think I missed a lot. We were so tired after travelling all day and night that the photos I took are my best(only?) memory. Got some good ones, though.
Always enjoy stopping by your blog; never know what I'm going to see.

Astron said...

Really nice shot! Wouldn't say that it was taken during modern time. Nice :)