Introducing the Tower of London
Since its initial construction began under William the Conqueror in the 1070s, the Tower of London has played a pivotal role throughout the turbulent periods of England’s history. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the tower was repurposed into a state prison for high profile captives. In the Napoleonic era, the outer tower walls were reinforced to handle artillery and a barracks was constructed. Though much of the Tower was damaged during the German Blitzkrieg in World War II, the White Tower remained untouched. Today, the tower grounds remain primarily a tourist attraction with more than two and a half million visitors who come to visit the Crown Jewels, iconic Yeoman Warders (or ‘Beefeaters’) and legendary ravens.