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The Iconic Tower of London and Tower Bridge

The Tower Bridge was completed in 1894; this drawbridge, adjacent to the Tower of London (where Anne Boleyn was executed) is an iconic symbol of the city

The Tower Bridge was completed in 1894; this drawbridge, adjacent to the Tower of London (where Anne Boleyn was executed) is an iconic symbol of the city

We walked across the upper walkways of the Tower Bridge and watched as the drawbridge opened below; the bridge is part of the Inner London Ring Road and is crossed by more than 40,000 people (motorists, cyclists and pedestrians) every day

We walked across the upper walkways of the Tower Bridge and watched as the drawbridge opened below; the bridge is part of the Inner London Ring Road and is crossed by more than 40,000 people (motorists, cyclists and pedestrians) every day

The first part of the Tower of London was built in 1078 by William the Conqueror; later, the facility was used as a royal palace and today houses the crown jewels of England

The first part of the Tower of London was built in 1078 by William the Conqueror; later, the facility was used as a royal palace and today houses the crown jewels of England


As one of the largest keeps in the Christian world, the White Tower has been described as the most complete eleventh-century palace in Europe; the White Tower measures 36 by 32 m at the base, and is 27 m high at the southern battlements

As one of the largest keeps in the Christian world, the White Tower has been described as the most complete eleventh-century palace in Europe; the White Tower measures 36 by 32 m at the base, and is 27 m high at the southern battlements

We took a tour led by one of the Beefeaters; the crown jewels were stunning and and housed in the building on the left (no photos were allowed)

We took a tour led by one of the Beefeaters; the crown jewels were stunning and and housed in the building on the left (no photos were allowed)

The iconic Tower Bridge, built in 1894, is a drawbridge across the River Thames; in the lower right corner is an egg-shaped building which is London City Hall

The iconic Tower Bridge, built in 1894, is a drawbridge across the River Thames; in the lower right corner is an egg-shaped building which is London City Hall

The White Tower was a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite; the Tower of London is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The White Tower was a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite; the Tower of London is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

This is Henry VIII's suit of armor; the Tower of London is a 1000 year old complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat; there were several phases of expansion, mainly under kings Richard I, Henry III, and Edward I in the 12th and 13th centuries

This is Henry VIII's suit of armor; the Tower of London is a 1000 year old complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat; there were several phases of expansion, mainly under kings Richard I, Henry III, and Edward I in the 12th and 13th centuries

Charles II ordered six ravens be placed in the Tower of London to protect it; six ravens are still kept in the tower today and they must remain there at all times due to superstitious reasons

Charles II ordered six ravens be placed in the Tower of London to protect it; six ravens are still kept in the tower today and they must remain there at all times due to superstitious reasons

View of Tower Bridge from an old Norman window in the Tower of London; the Tower has served variously as an armory, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public record office and the home of the crown jewels of England

View of Tower Bridge from an old Norman window in the Tower of London; the Tower has served variously as an armory, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public record office and the home of the crown jewels of England

All Hallows-by-the-Tower Church, built in 1658 (current building); William Penn was baptized here and John Quincy Adams married a local girl here in 1797

All Hallows-by-the-Tower Church, built in 1658 (current building); William Penn was baptized here and John Quincy Adams married a local girl here in 1797

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