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Tower of London

The Tower of London was more commonly known as Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress. It is an historic monument in central London, England, situated on the North bank of the River Thames. It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and is separated from the eastern side of the City of London by the open space, Tower Hill. It is the oldest building in the London skyline used by the British government.

 Tower of London
The Tower of London

Sent to The Tower!

The tower's original function was a fortress, a royal palace, and a prison (for high status and royal prisoners, such as the Princes in the Tower and the future Queen Elizabeth I). This use has led to the phrase "sent to the Tower" (meaning "imprisoned"). It has also been used as a place for execution and torture. Less unpleasant uses include as an armoury, a treasury, a zoo, the Royal Mint, a public records office, an observatory, and since 1303, it has been home to the Crown Jewels. At the centre of the Tower of London stands the Norman White Tower which was built in 1078 by William the Conqueror.

London Skyline

London skyline
London Skyline

Legend of the Tower of London

Legend states that if the ravens leave, then the monarchy, and the entire kingdom will fall - the ravens' wings are clipped to prevent such an occurrence. However they are free to roam the tower grounds.

The Tower of London is said to be the most haunted building in England.

London Eye
London Eye