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The White Tower

Identification

The White Tower
233964

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Structure in General

castle
existing [completed]

Facts

  • The White Tower was commissioned by William I of Normandy (William The Conqueror) as a stamp of his authority on London following his successful invasion of Britain in 1066 which effectively ended England's Anglo-Saxon period and ushered in the reign of the Normans.
  • The White Tower is the centrepiece and most recognizable building of The Tower of London complex.
  • The White Tower is around 27.4 metres (90 feet) high to the battlements with walls up to 4.5 metres (15 feet) thick at the base.
  • The building is constructed from Caen stone brought from Normandy.
  • The White Tower is one of both London's and Britain's most famous buildings and as part of the Tower of London, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The White Tower is so-called because it was once whitewashed.
  • The White Tower was built on the site of a fort built by the Roman Emperor Claudius, over one thousand years earlier.
  • The building is guarded by the Yeoman Warders, more commonly known as Beefeaters.
  • It is said that if the famous and somewhat savage ravens at the Tower ever leave, the Tower and Britain will fall. To prevent this eventuality, the ravens' wings are clipped.
  • The White Tower is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions.

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Location

Tower Hill
EC3
United Kingdom

Technical Data

1078

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
  • National landmark
  • UNESCO landmark
  • Floodlighting at night