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Tower of London Remembers

The Tower of London is an internationally famous monument and one of England’s most iconic structures. William the Conqueror built the White Tower in 1066 as a demonstration to the world of Norman power, whilst acting as both fortress and gateway into the capital. In 1988 the Tower of London became a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is the most complete example of an 11th century fortress palace remaining in Europe.

I have been to London more times than I can count, which is great to have grown up fairly close to the historic capital. However, one thing I had never got round to visiting was the Tower of London. Yesterday I finally made that visit.

The main reason for the visit was due to the powerful art installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red‘ that is currently featured at the Tower of London to mark one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.

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You truly cannot imagine how many British military lives had been lost until your eyes glimpse the sea of 888,246 red poppies spilling out of the London tower into the famous moat. With each poppy representing a life, you really will feel the powerful message each individual poppy holds.

The poppies completely encircle the Tower of London, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower but also a location for personal reflection. The sheer scale of the installation does such a perfect job to reflect the powerful visual commemoration.

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A video displaying the making of the installation – well worth a view to see just how much work goes on behind the scenes!

With the centenary anniversary coming up soon, the poppies at the Tower of London will be one of the most poignant and visually powerful representations of the sacrifice made by those brave servicemen. It’s hard to comprehend the sheer enormity of the loss of life, but to see this as an installation really hits home how many lost their lives.

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If you want to try avoid the tourist crowds, my tip is to get there early in the morning. You will not only manage to avoid the crowds of tourists surrounding London’s iconic landmark, but you’ll be able to get into the Tower of London without waiting for too long. If you are planning on visiting the Tower of London whilst you are here, then make sure you visit the Crown Jewels whilst its quiet. I managed to get there early enough to walk straight in, and spend a good amount of time inside the attraction before everyone turned up. (When all the tourists turned up, the queue turned into a 2+ hour wait – be warned!)

Don’t miss this major art installation

Tower of London Remembers: 5 August – 11 November 2014

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Article written by Adam Boston

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  • Becky Padmore

    Commented on 03/11/2014 at 19:58

    I’ve seen this on the news a lot it looks so beautiful and what a lovely idea!

    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 10/11/2014 at 09:00

      It really is a great way to honour those who lost their lives. It’s a shame that the poppies aren’t going to stay though as I think they really capture just how many British servicemen & women lost their lives

  • suituapui

    Commented on 08/11/2014 at 02:34

    I remember observing Poppy Day when we (Sarawak, Malaysia) were still a British colony in the 50’s and early 60’s. Gosh!!! The flowers certainly look so very beautiful all around the Tower of London. Did not get to visit it when I was there 20 years ago. Thanks for sharing.

    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 10/11/2014 at 08:48

      If you ever get the chance to visit the Tower of London, it’s well worth your time. We spent a whole day there but it’s best to go early to avoid the crowds of tourists that appear by mid morning

  • Catherine

    Commented on 09/11/2014 at 19:09

    I’d seen this in the news a few times, but obviously wasn’t paying attention as I did not realise each poppy represents a person that died in the war. A lot more meaningful when you know that! Even more crazy to think that it’s just the British people who died – imagine how many poppies there would be if it included everyone!

  • Laura

    Commented on 12/11/2014 at 14:41

    I’m so glad they’re keeping this open a while longer, as I’ve not yet had a chance to visit. It’s a beautiful way to commemorate 100 years since the start of WW1, and it’s great that so many people have come to see it and pay their respects.

    Sometime Traveller

  • Luke

    Commented on 24/11/2014 at 17:35

    Hmm, I have missed Tower of London while visiting London. These flowers are outstanding!
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  • abdul

    Commented on 28/11/2014 at 07:53

    amazing place and amazing shots… when it comes to poppy i ve seen Chelsea players wearing it but it is time to know about them completely …

  • Ian

    Commented on 28/11/2014 at 20:12

    Extremely moving and powerful exhibit … may we never forget why they served, and what the price of ignoring fascism and villainy ultimately is…

  • Craig

    Commented on 16/12/2014 at 14:01

    Truly a breathtaking display and yet sad to think what it’s representing. Thanks for sharing your pictures, it has moved me
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  • Way One Travel

    Commented on 27/12/2014 at 20:01

    Wonderful photos, wonderful moments. I believe I will be there one day.
    Nice post!
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  • Seyyah Çelebi

    Commented on 18/01/2015 at 18:15

    it looks like cherry blossom 🙂
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