The oldest Castle, The Tower of London, was once home to many kings and queens, but now serves as one of the most toured sites in London. The way I came across this World Heritage Site is from researching in depth about the city of London, since I am studying abroad there this fall. I came across this tower, and soon found out that it was listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Built in 1078, this site holds key knowledge, history, and heritage of the English people, especially royalty.
This tower was first used as a royal residence, but was also a place for very important prisoners as well as trails and executions. With a total of 21 towers on about 18 acres of land, this site was capable of a lot of actions. A couple of important towers are the White Tower, the Bloody Tower, The Bell Tower, and the Tower Green.
The White Tower was the first tower built by William the Conqueror between 1078-1097. It was used as a power based, is 90 feet high with very thick walls. This tower also contains the Chapel of St. John, and a dungeon where it held prisoner “Little Ease” where he could not sit, stand or lie down.
The Bloody Tower, originally named the Garden Tower, was built between 1238-1272, with the main purpose of defense. Although its was first named Garden Tower, as it part of the tower opened up to where the garden was kept, it received its nickname from extraordinary events of royalty tat once lived there.
There was always something going on at the Tower of London, whether it was admitting new prisoners, beheaded queens, or capturing thieves of the crown jewels. This building has been through many rulers, invasions, and wars that it holds key knowledge and secrecy of London’s heritage.
As one of the most tourist-attracted sites, its guarded by the famous Yeoman Warder, who are also known as Beefeaters. They not only guard the tower but are also very knowledgable about its history and purpose as they give tours for a small price. The Yeoman Warders are ex military and their soul purpose is to guard the Crown Jewels, as they are stored at the London Tower.