Tower of London view

Tower of London view

An especial highlight is the extravagant Imperial State Crown, which alone comprises of 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and 5 rubies. The way the Tower looks today is largely thanks to a 19th-century fascination with England’s turbulent and sometimes gruesome history. In the 1850s, the architect Anthony Salvin, a leading figure in the Gothic Revival, was commissioned to restore the fortress to a more appropriately ‘medieval’ style, making it more pleasing to the Victorian eye – and imagination. Salvin first transformed the Beauchamp Tower to make it suitable for the public display of prisoners’ graffiti, refacing the exterior walls and replacing windows, doorways and battlements.

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