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London Wall, London

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London Wall was the defensive wall first built by the Romans around Londinium, their strategically important port town on the River Thames in what is now London, England, and subsequently maintained until the 18th century.It is now the name of a road in the City of London running along part of the course of the old wall between Wormwood Street and the Rotunda junction where St. Martin's Le Grand meets Aldersgate Street. Until the later Middle Ages the wall defined the boundaries of the City of London.Roman wallAlthough the exact reason for the wall's construction is unknown, the wall appears to have been built in the late 2nd or early 3rd century. This was around 80 years after the construction in 120AD of the city's fort, whose north and west walls were thickened and doubled in height to form part of the new city wall. It continued to be developed until at least the end of the 4th century, making it among the last major building projects undertaken by the Romans before the Roman departure from Britain in 410. Reasons for its construction may have been connected to the invasion of northern Britain by Picts who overran Hadrian's Wall in the 180s. It may be linked to the political crisis that emerged in late 2nd century when the governor of Britain Clodius Albinus was consolidating his power after claiming the right of succession as Roman emperor. After a struggle with his rival, Septimius Severus, Albinus was defeated in 197AD at the Battle of Lugdunum (near Lyon, France). The economic stimulus provided by the wall and Septimius's subsequent campaigns in Scotland improved Londinium's financial prosperity in the early 3rd century.
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  • A part of the old city wall built by the Romans. It is surprisi g that it has survived both the blitz of London's and the development since the great fire.  more »
  • This was the defensive wall built by the Romans around Londinium, the port town on the River Thames in what is now London. All that remains of the wall now are a few sections, some of which can be see...  more »
  • In the center of a great city like London with all its history finding remains of the Roman Empire is fascinating.  more »
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  • Easily missed even though it is way older than the Tower of London. Built by the Romans in the 2nd/3rd century. Don't miss a photo op here
  • One of the longest city walls in the world. Amazing piece of history
  • The wall was built in 2nd or 3rd century, so not much left to see these days! However it's cool to pay a visit
  • Awesome history and chance to walk the old Roman walls
  • A bit quite interesting but too crowded. Also Keep in mind of pickpockets and Snatchers.

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