London

imageOne place I have always wanted to visit is the Tower of London. I have had friends that have visited who have said it was one of the highlights of their trips and I have watched a few documentaries about this historic spot. It is located near the River Thames in Central London and has served many purposes since it was built in 1078. Its been a palace, a prison for well known arrests, a zoo, a mint, and to this day, is the holding place of the Crown Jewels. There is also a really interesting display of armor called the “Line of Kings” that includes styles of armor from 300 years ago to today. The iconic beefeaters, or Yeoman Warders have been guarding these displays and the rest of the tower for the past 500 years.

One of the most interesting (and morbid) things about the Tower of London would be all of the executions and beheadings that have happened there in the past 900 years. While there were twenty-two very interesting executions that happened here, two of the most well known were Queen Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, the second and fifth wives of King Henry VIII. Both were beheaded for accusations of adultery, although only Catherine’s treason was proven. Other famous people executed here include Sir Thomas Moore, Guy Fawkes, and Sir Walter Raleigh. I think it would be so interesting to walk the halls of a place that has been so ingrained with English history and culture!

Sierra Henderson

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