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The Last London Post: Tower of London, British Museum, and St. Paul’s

Yes, all good things must come to an end. This is the last UK trip post for our trip to England. I did not want to leave, but we had to get back to life sometime. Our last week in London was quite the whirlwind. Aside from some serious shopping (look for some fashion posts featuring pieces I bought!), we saw some of the major sites. First off was the Tower of London. The Tower is a tourist favorite, and for good reason. Architecturally it is really cool. Then there’s the beefeater tour, the crows, and the shear amount of history. And did I mention the architecture?

Got to love the gratuitous trebuchet.

The crumbling wall to the left is from the 1200s (I think).

I can practically hear the horses and carriages going through this archway. Its hard to keep in mind that the Tower of London was originally a castle and not just a prison. But when you really study the structure of the place (especially the thickness of the walls) it does seem more castle-like.

Even as a prison, the Tower had to house a lot of people. Not just prisoners, but the people who maintained the Tower, and all the guards

The White Tower was undergoing maintenance, but we still got to see all the armor exhibits inside. There were also exhibits on torture, though not as much as you’d expect. Apparently not that much torture ever went on in the Tower of London, just executions (because that’s better somehow…).

The tower chapel and tower green, site of Anne Boleyn’s execution. There’s actually a little memorial (left, outside the frame) where people leave roses. She’s also probably buried somewhere in the chapel, though they’re not sure where.

Traitor’s Gate. Prisoners could be brought by boat, walk up these steps, and never be seen again.

When we were in college, my husband and I took an Ancient Egyptian anthropology class, so I was pretty excited to see their Egyptian exhibit. Most of the collections at the British Museum are from ancient times, and the Egyptian one was very popular.

Tomb art from the tomb of Nebamun, an official scribe around 1350BCE. We studied this tomb in school and I always remembered the beautiful colors of these paintings. The tomb of Nebamun is special because while the norm was to have burial ceremony/book of the dead scenes on tomb walls he had scenes from his life and home on his walls.

I had no idea the Rosetta stone was at the British Museum! Nice little surprise.

Not sure what the double horns did in the way of protection, but it looks cool! The placard said that only a couple of these have ever been recovered.

Last, but by no means least, was St. Paul’s cathedral. You aren’t allowed to take pictures inside which is a bummer. The main highlights for me were the whispering gallery, the tombs of Nelson and the Duke of Wellington, and the part of the cathedral that Victoria didn’t redesign. The whispering gallery is a part of the dome. You sit along the wall and whisper and people on the opposite side can hear. The part of the cathedral that Queen Victoria didn’t have redesigned is plainer, more classical in design (and in my opinion more beautiful).

 

Well that wraps up what for me was the trip of a lifetime! Did you catch my last post about our trip to Hampton Court Palace? You can read it here.

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