The Tower of London was by far the most historic site I’ve visited in my seven-day Eurotrip. Of course,the entirety of the city itself is historic in a sense, but none other landmark was more frozen in time than the Tower itself. Centuries have passed since Thomas More, Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey were imprisoned and executed in the Green Room, but I could still sense the dusty spookiness of medieval prison still breathing in every corner.
For hundreds of years, the Tower has served the monarch as the royal palace, prison and fortress. The multiplicity of its historic functions and the vastness of its bounds make it distinguished from other landmarks of London.
To the eyes of a foreigner, the Tower was a place of cruelty and bloodiness rather than that of glory and triumph. There are many signs of deaths, torture and imprisonment that were only understood and justified in that particular time in the past. Some of the exhibitions were seriously disturbing because I couldn’t help identifying myself to the ones who perished there against their will. At the same time, I was also impressed by the amounts of efforts by the British people to keep their stories alive.