Tower of London
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member losdelrio
N 51° 30.517 W 000° 04.696
30U E 702747 N 5710435
Quick Description: An historic monument in London, England on the north bank of the River Thames.
Location: United Kingdom
Date Posted: 7/20/2007 11:50:00 AM
Waymark Code: WM1WEY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Tervas
Views: 139

Long Description:
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 parallel 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, a mint, a public records office, an observatory, and since 1303, the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.

Type: Building

Reference number: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/488

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