Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress The Tower of London
by Kenneth L
It towers over the northern bank of the River Thames, four spires rising high into the London skyline, ringed in by two stone walls and a moat. Its imposing façade certainly does nothing to detract from the aura of awe and mystery that surrounds it and clings to its name: the Tower of London. Fortress, palace, high prison, and execution ground are its well-known facets, though it has also served the more obscure roles of armory, treasury, zoo, mint, public records office, observatory, and even home to the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. This compound has been and continues to be England’s storied Swiss Army Knife of governmental applications, a complex that can seemingly serve any conceivable purpose, and has.