Continuing on with my London theme, if I had to name my favourite historical landmark from my visit to jolly old England (although I didn’t get a chance to see everything of course), I would hands down say it was the Tower of London. I love history, especially the medieval time period, and this is one place that is just steeped in history. In fact, it has something for everyone! There’s architecture that ranges from 11th century to 16th century (I think?), the Crown Jewels, Tower Green where people of high rank were executed including Anne Boleyn, spectacular royal armour and weapons, the Medieval Palace and the impressive White Tower, and the famous Yeoman Warders popularly known as the Beefeaters.
Again, fascinating facts abound. Included in the favourite sites at the Tower of London are the ravens. There are seven ravens at the Tower today (the required six plus one spare), and they are cared for by a Yeoman guard called the Ravenmaster. Legend says that if the ravens ever leave the Tower, the great White Tower will crumble and a terrible disaster will befall England. So, Charles II decreed that there must always be at least six ravens in the Tower, and this tradition has continued to present day, and so as not to tempt fate, their wings are clipped. The closest they’ve ever came to being absent was during WWII when the Tower suffered heavy bombing and only a single raven remained (called Grip). Hmmm, interesting since England did face a lot of destruction in WWII, and there were times when some thought they might fall to the Germans!!
Unfortunately, we were not at the Tower for long enough, and I did not get any pictures of the ravens. However, this is one of my favourite photos from our visit. I’m not sure of the name of this particular tower, but I love the perspective looking from the bottom towards the top. If I ever get back to London again, the Tower of London will be first on my list to visit because there are many parts I still want to explore! I would highly recommend you try to see it too if you ever get the chance.