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Royal Armories, London

#190 of 251 in Museums in London
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The White Tower is a central tower, the old keep, at the Tower of London. It was built by William the Conqueror during the early 1080s, and subsequently extended. The White Tower was the castle's strongest point militarily, and provided accommodation for the king and his representatives, as well as a chapel. Henry III ordered that the tower be whitewashed in 1240.HistoryThe castle which later became known as the Tower of London was begun by William the Conqueror in 1066. It began as a timber fortification enclosed by a palisade. In the next decade work began on the White Tower, the great stone keep that still dominates the castle today. The precise date of the White Tower's foundation is unknown, and it is also uncertain how long building took. It is traditionally held that construction began in 1078. This is because the Textus Roffensis records that Gundulf, Bishop of Rochester, oversaw the building work under instruction from William the Conqueror. Dendrochronological evidence suggests construction of the White Tower began in 1075–1079. The archaeology of the standing building suggests there was a pause in construction between 1080 and 1090–1093, although it is unknown why. Gundulf did more than just oversee work and was a skilled architect. Rochester's castle and cathedral were rebuilt under his auspices. As the main castle in England's capital, the Tower of London was an important royal building. The keep built by Gundulf bears testament to this as it was one of the largest in Christendom.
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  • When you are visiting the Tower of London, the "Line of Kings" is a diiplay not to be missed. In the 17th century, the Board of Ordnance (which was mainly concerned with providing arms for the navy.....  more »
  • The way they have the different areas/rooms organized at the tower of London, make the past come alive. They have life size horses with full armor, in one section, so you really can see the scale of.....  more »
  • The finest collection of armor and weapons I've ever seen. It's amazing how much they are able to fit in such a small space. Be prepared to spend about an hour here, a very awesome hour!
  • Gotta be said man this was the best armory museum outside of the US that I've ever seen. I've been to Canada, Mexico and Germany, but this one was super! The wings dedicated to the Great War and even the Boer War were especially cool.

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