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Famous Prisons: Tower Of London

Standing at twenty towers high, the Tower of London is one of the most well-known prisons in the world aside from New York’s Sing Sing Prison. Its history can be traced all the way back to 800 years ago and is known for its historical and cultural value and the riches stored in there.

The structure had been completed in 1000 A.D. Its original structure had been used as a fort by William the Conqueror. It is more than 100 feet high and has walls measuring 16 feet thick. It was built to be strong and withstand the test of time. It was regarded as the tallest building in London when its structure had been completed. During the 12th century, a king decided to have it painted in white. Thus it was given the name White Tower.

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New Millenium Landmark

The London Eye is a recently popular attraction for tourists who come and visit London. London Eye refers to a giant observation wheel situated in the Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank. This 135 meter giant structure was constructed as a highlight of the millennium celebration in London. Currently, it is considered as one of the major highlights of the city and had gained worldwide popularity.

Named as the New Millennium Landmark of London, the London Eye was designed by the husband-wife architectural team of David Marks and Julia Barfield. Their idea of a large observation wheel had been submitted as an entry to the competition to design a new millennium landmark for London. No winner had been declared among the entrants of the competition. However, the couple tried to press on and in the process gained the support of British Airways who then supported their project.

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London’s Famous Trafalgar Square

The Trafalgar Square which is situated in central London, is a famous historic spot in commemoration of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 which marks the British Naval victory of Napoleonic wars. George Ledwell Taylor was the one who suggested the name Trafalgar Square. However, originally, it was supposed to be called King William the Fourth’s Square. It was completed around the middle of 1840’s.

Trafalgar Square is referred to as one of the most popular squares in the world. It has the Nelsons Column, the National Gallery and much to the tourists’ delight, lots of pigeons to watch and marvel at. The column is about 170 feet in height. There are four bronze lions surrounding the column on granite plinths. The unveiling took place in 1868 and was sculpted by Sir Edwin Landseer. The cast was by Marocchetti.

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