Òhe Tower of London
In 1066 the Duke of Normandy, historically famous as William the Conqueror, won the Battle of Hastings, and along with it came the throne of England. In order to place the island under the rule of Normandy the king led a battery of military campaigns and built fortified castles. One of the most impressive among these is the White Tower, which is the foundation of today’s Tower of London. Nowadays it is popular for being a gloomy and scary dungeon and a former execution spot, the tower complex used to function as a castle, armory, mint and a menagerie. William invited the bishop of Rochester Gundulf to design the tower on the bank of the Thames, and the construction works started in 1078. This large rectangular stone fortress, first of its kind in England and one of the largest in Europe, was completed in the beginning of the 1290, after William’s death.
The dimensions of the tower are 33 to 36 meters and it is high almost 30 meters, with the corner turrets reaching even higher. In the foundation the walls are 4,6 m thick thinning as they go up to some 3,4 m. In the end of 17th century the great English architect Christopher Wren replaced the narrow crevices along the façade with true windows.
It was him who gave the order that the building would not be whitewashed. This three-storey building offers all the comfort of a royal residence. The royal suits and the Chapel of St. John the Evangelist are located on the second and the third floor.
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