Posted by: danielfee | December 11, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 12-11-12

Jewel Tower - London, England

Jewel Tower – London, England

The Jewel Tower in is one of only two surviving sections of the medieval royal Palace of Westminster. It was built in 1365-1366 to house the private treasures of King Edward III hence its nickname the “King’s Privy Wardrobe”. The three-story tower is constructed mainly of Kentish Ragstone, a hard grey limestone found and quarried in Kent, England. The tower is located across the road from the current Palace of Westminster, which is the home of the British Parliament. It was located at the far southern end of the old palace complex and was built into the defensive walls; however it was detached from the main buildings which explains its survival of the great fire of 1834 that destroyed most of the palace.

 

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