The White Tower
The White Tower
Structure in General
- 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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Features & Amenities
- One of the city's famous buildings
- City landmark
- National landmark
- UNESCO landmark
- Floodlighting at night