There are many of iconic sights that are associated with London, from the Big Ben to Buckingham Palace, but this is one site that bears a history like no other and one of the most significant cultural icons of the nation. Throughout its history it served as a royal residence, a private zoo and even a prison. The tower of London is also considered one of the prominent haunted places in England. It is situated in central London, alongside many a luxurious Belgravia hotel London has to offer such as COMO The Halkin, London.
The Tower of London is actually a compound of sorts with multiple buildings and the first one was constructed in 1100. It was known as the White Tower and was built by William the Conqueror. It is the castle’s strongest point in a military perspective and is strongly fortified since it was meant to house the king along with his representatives.
Sometime in 1200s, the tower contained a royal zoo, and featured some incredibly exotic animals of the likes of which the people have never seen. Among these various creatures were elephants, ostriches, kangaroos and even polar bears. The animals were eventually moved to a dedicated zoo in Regent’s Park.
There is some strong superstition associated with the tower since people believe that if all the ravens of the tower are gone, the British Empire will collapse. To this day a minimum of six ravens are kept within the tower at all times, and their wings are clipped so they can’t fly too far away from the tower. There’s even a spare raven that is kept in addition to the flock.
The tower is known to have a few resident ghosts too, including the ghosts of Henry VI, the Nurse of Prince Edward, and even a Grizzly Bear.
If you ever find yourself in London, this is definitely one of the most essential places for you to visit during your adventure.
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