The Tower of London
Built under the reign of William I, the Tower of London is an enormous and most popular landmark that has served as a royal residence, fortress and prison. For more than 900 years, the Tower of London was famous for its terror stories because it was the place where all those who offended the monarch were locked up. Most of the prisoners survived in dreadful conditions and did not come out alive, or they were tortured before being executed on nearby Tower Hill.
Many people of great importance had the misfortune to suffer in the walls of the Tower of London. Among them, some were kings, aristocrats and clerics who were accused of treason. Some of the most prominent characters who were executed in the Green Tower were Queen Consort Anna Bolena, Baron William Hastings, Queen Jane Gray, and the writer Tomás Moro.
The Ghosts of the Tower of London
The shadowy figures of two little boys are often seen in the White Tower as they move through the rooms and run into walls. Many people have reported the ghost of Anne Boleyn who was imprisoned in the tower and beheaded in 1536. Her spirit has been seen both indoor and outside the Tower Green. One of the guards once saw the headless figure of Anne and tried to stab it. The dagger went straight through her spirit, after which the soldier fainted. He was blamed and about to be punished for sleeping on duty, but many other guards came forward and reported the sighting of Anne’s ghost due to which he was set free. In another incident, a guard witnessed a festivity held inside the chapel with a ghost of Anne Boleyn in the centre.
What to See at the Tower of London
The Jewels of the Crown: Composed of swords, crowns and other jewels of historical and religious value, the collection of ornaments attract many tourists every day.
The White Tower: The White Tower is the oldest and central building of the Tower of London that was built between 1078 and 1100. The White Tower has functioned as a royal residence, prison and armory.
Ravens: Ravens are the most famous residents of the Tower of London. According to the historians, if the ravens (crows) disappeared, the tower and the kingdom would breakdown. In order to save the tower from collapsing, one of the guards protecting the tower, known as Raven master takes care of the crows and cuts off the ends of one of their wings so they cannot escape.
Medieval Palace: The St. Thomas’s Tower, the Lanthorn Tower and the Wakefield Tower are collectively known as the Medieval Palace. Today, the Palace houses the interiors used by Medieval Kinds and Queens during their short and frequent visits to the fortress.
Chapel of St. Peter and Vincula: Built in 1520, the chapel of the tower is the place where the remains of the most known and executed prisoners are kept in the tower. Today, the chapel continues to serve as the place of prayer and accommodate more than 150 people who live in the tower.