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The Infamous History of the Tower of London

The Infamous History of the Tower of London

The Tower of London

There are many places full of secrets scattered all around the world. Some forests are so deep that not many dare to venture and discover their mysteries.  Part of the world host amazing architectural monuments that not even modern day science has been able to explain. Beneath the waters we can find sunken cities claimed by the waters so long ago.

Some places seem inconspicuous at first. A castle… a tower… a prison… We believe we know everything about them, yet they still hide many mysteries. One of these places is the famous Tower of London, one of the most haunted buildings in the world.

The Tower of London was founded by William the Conqueror in 1066. Its reputation is that of torture, death and misfortune. Initially it was built as a Norman symbol of power, acting both as protection for the city and garrison. In the beginning it acted as a royal residence, an armory and a treasury. It was also the starting point for the procession of the coronation.

St John's Chapel in the Tower

The Tower started being used as a prison during the late 15th century. It was the place where the Princes in the Tower, Edward V of England and Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York were kept. It is believed that the Tower of London also served as their grave. During the 16th and 17th century the Tower of London’s role as a prison was cemented. Although its reputation has been exaggerated, many religious and political undesirables were locked away in this period.

During this time seven people were executed within the Tower. Forty-eight cases of torture were recorded, but there may have been more. Some people, as the two Princes vanished without a trace.

During WWI and WWII the Tower was once again used as a prison. Twelve men were executed for espionage during that time. After the Second World War ended, the Tower of London was opened to the public.

In time, the place gathered a bleak reputation for torture and death. Is is even believed to be one of the most haunted places in the world. Today the Tower of London is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city. Have you ever visited it?

Source: unesco.org and visitlondon.com

Images: wikipedia

 

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