Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tower of London

So far, the Tower of London is one of my favorite attractions here in London. It is astounding to hear and see all of history about the place. For nearly 1,000 years, the Tower of London has been an active royal residence, and still is. The buildings that make up the complex have served many purposes over the years. The Tower has been used as a royal palace, a prison, a zoo, an armory, home of the crown jewels, and much more. Its bloody reputation is what most people know about the Tower, which is quite extensive. 

The Yeomen Warders have been royal bodyguards to the British Monarch, since their formation in 1485 by King Henry VII. They are easily recognizable in their Tudor-style uniforms. In order to be an eligible candidate today as a Yeomen, you must have served at least 22 years in the armed forces of the Commonwealth and have been awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct medal. All of the Yeomen and their families live within the Tower. How cool would that be as kid? Plus, these Yeomen are fantastic tour guides that love to show tourists their historic home. 

 ^^The White Tower is the oldest building within the walls of the Tower of London. It dates back nearly 1,000 years ago!^^

 ^^A girl can only dream...^^

 ^^Houses of the Yeomen Warders^^

 ^^The spot where all of the Tower's beheadings were taken place, including some of Henry VIII's wives.^^

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