World Heritage #0488 – Tower of London

Last updated Sep 26, 2019 | Published on Jul 31, 1976North and Central Europe, United Kingdom, World Heritage Sites

The fortress emits power from whichever direction you look upon it.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.


Official facts

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Date of Inscription: 1988

Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 488:

“The massive White Tower is a typical example of Norman military architecture, whose influence was felt throughout the kingdom. It was built on the Thames by William the Conqueror to protect London and assert his power. The Tower of London an imposing fortress with many layers of history, which has become one of the symbols of royalty was built around the White Tower.”


My visit

I have seen the Tower from a distance and passed by several times, but I have actually been inside only once. I had to go back to my very young days to find this picture. At that time I remember being more interested in hearing of all the beheadings that took place here, with heads being posted on the walls of the fortress.

However, I also remember how marvellous I thought the Crown Jewels were.

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