Monday, November 15, 2010

The Thames, the Tower Bridge and the Tower of London / sketch Robert Trudeau

Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London, was constructed in 1066 by William the Conqueror, the victorious invader from Normandy, France.

The White Tower (in the center) was the royal residence for several centuries. It was also, beginning about 1100, a prison.

As a whole, the Tower is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat. There were several phases of expansion, mainly under Kings Richard the Lionheart, Henry III, and Edward I in the 12th and 13th centuries, says Wikipedia.