Today, my focus for PrayerWalk London was writing a brief description of the Tower of London.
For years, I avoided visiting the Tower of London because I thought, “Why waste so much money and time on seeing a tower?” When I finally visited two years ago, I was amazed. It’s so much more than just a tower: it’s an entire complex containing a moated fortress, dozens of towers, an armory, the Crown Jewels and an entire little village of people who live and work at the Tower.
I don’t want my readers to make the same mistake I did, putting off a visit to the Tower because they don’t really understand what it is, its historical value and its tremendous appeal to children (and the child in everyone!). This is bound to become every family’s favorite London destination so I want to convey as much of the mystery and intrigue of the Tower as I can in one brief 100-word opening summary.
Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. In the first, I imagined I was talking to my 5-year-old niece and 7-year-old nephew and trying to convince them why they should go. In the second, I thought of a tour group and what I might say to them if we were at the beginning of a guided tour.
Tell me which one you like the best — and what changes you would suggest. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Have you ever wanted to see what life was like inside a moated fortress? The Tower of London is exactly that. It’s really old – almost 1,000 years old – and has been a royal palace, a prison, an armory where weapons and ammunition are kept and a place of torture. It’s also held a zoo! Little princes of all ages will enjoy exhibits of ancient weaponry and armor, squirm in fascination at the gruesome details of imprisonment and torture, while little princesses will delight at the yeoman warder’s romantic tales of prisoners in love, shiver at the heartbreaking stories of innocent victims held in the towers and gaze with fascination at the glittering crown jewels.
The Tower of London has stood for nearly a thousand years. Constructed by William the Conqueror as a way of showing his strength and cowing his enemies, the Tower complex has been the place of torture, confinement and execution for the most infamous and innocent prisoners of British history, including the notorious Jack the Ripper and Nine Days’ Queen Jane Grey, whose only crime was being on the wrong side of the royal family tree. Hear their fascinating tales told by uniformed yeoman warders, see centuries’ old graffiti in the prisoner towers and walk to the Tower Green in the footsteps of the condemned. Don’t miss the Crown Jewels in the Jewel Tower!