The hands on a clock at the Tower of London continue to turn peacefully, defying the long and bloody history of the fortress. Built in 1066 at the behest of William the Conqueror, the tower was originally a protective gateway into the Norman kingdom. During the time of the Tudors, it transitioned from being primarily a royal residence to a prison that housed Sir Thomas More, Lady Jane Grey and two of King Henry VIII’s wives, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, all of whom were later executed. Today, the Tower of London is a museum where visitors can view relics of the past, including the crown jewels.
(Photo by Morgan Maddux-Stone (Johns Creek, GA))