The Tower of London is an impressive set of buildings with a storied history.
They also have a lot of interesting stuff in there like the crown jewels (including the world’s two largest diamonds). Here are some of the more things we found interesting…
Kings and queens put their names on everything…including drainpipes.
They have ravens because of a “legend” that the tower will stand as long as they are there. Ironically, the legend appeared when the tourists did.
We were surprised that we got to see spots (plural as there was more than one) where kings were murdered.
We laughed because Henry VIII’s armor got progressively larger over the years. The first set was made for a fit man. The second set was clearly larger. The next set was Shreck-sized. He, um, made other parts of the armor larger too. I know, it’s more than a little disturbing.
|Deeply disturbing, no question about it
Some of the armor was tiny. This one was made for a three-year old. They must have been more coordinated than I was at three.
He found the loo.
Bedazzled guns. The sign says it was ordered from a jeweler and never picked up. The jeweler turned it in.
There was also a gold plated revolver that was used in an infamous murder and a gold plated sub machine gun. Was the orderer killed? Incarcerated? Deported?
There was a dragon made from weapons. Check out the claws… they are made from old guns with wooden handles.
In the gift shop, they had a mug that when filled with hot liquid, Henry VIII’s wives disappeared. Creative.
This marks the spot where Henry VIII’s wives were executed (Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey).
I got into trouble with the beefeaters.
Name someone else who else has a Yeoman Gaoler these days?
I’m still not sure why this hand is in the wall. Please send me a note if you do.