TQ3380 : The edge of the Tower of London

taken 3 years ago, near to Bermondsey, Southwark, Great Britain

The edge of the Tower of London
The edge of the Tower of London
The "river" of Poppies LinkExternal link can be seen coming out of the tower. The Shard can also be seen in the background.
Tower of London
The Tower of London was started by William I in 1080 and has been added to by various monarchs over time. For a fuller history see LinkExternal link
Most of the site is both a scheduled ancient monument and Grade I, II* and II listed. LinkExternal link
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Wikipedia: LinkExternal link
The Shard :: TQ3280
At 1016' (309.6m) The Shard is the tallest habitable building in Western Europe. The building has a total of 95 storeys, but the top 23 are considered to be its spire. There are public viewing galleries on two of the floors, the 68th and 72nd, the latter being the highest "habitable" floor, at an altitude of 800' (244m), giving views - on the clearest days - as far as 35 miles (55km) in every direction.
The Shard took three years to build, involving nearly 1500 construction workers during its peak construction phase.
It has a massive concrete central core, with almost as much concrete again in its foundations. Attached to this is a complex steel structure which is clad in triple-glazed glass panels. This exterior consists of 11,000 individual glazed panels with a total area of over 600,000ft (56,000m) - the equivalent of about eight football pitches.
The trip from the Ground floor to the viewing galleries is in two separate lifts, the first one from floors 0 to 33, the second from 33 to 67. They both travel at about 6m/s - or about a floor per second.
On a clear day the panorama from the viewing galleries is excellent as you are at the highest fixed point in the city; the buildings, trains and traffic looking almost like models from this vantage point.
The Shard is a multi-purpose building containing an hotel, restaurants, residential and office space - with a total floor area of 1.2 million ft (110,000 m).
The architect of this building is the Italian Renzo Piano who created the building for the developer Irvine Sellar.
Visiting the "View from the Shard" viewing galleries costs 25 for adults and 19 for children if booked in advance. (2013)
London :: TQ3181
London is the capital of England. It is also a county called Greater London. In 2011 the local authority of the City of London had a population of 7375 while the county had a population of 8173941 LinkExternal link.
Tower Poppies
"Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" was an installation by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper. It was officially unveiled on 5 August 2014, one hundred years since the first full day of Britains involvement in the First World War, and by 11 November would have 888,246 ceramic poppies in the moat around the Tower of London, each poppy representing a British or Colonial military fatality during the war. Official website: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Sunday, 3 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 27 August, 2014
Geographical Context
Defence, Military 
Primary Subject of Photo
Castle 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3371 8045 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.4302N 0:4.4857W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3373 8050
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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