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9 Amazing Things to Know About the Tower of London

Chaitra Suraj Saxena Aug 26, 2019
For those who don’t know: the Tower of London, is not a tower; it is a castle. It was built in 1066 by William the Conqueror and over the years, it has been used as a royal treasury, residence, zoo, the Royal Mint and as the store for Crown Jewels.

Tower of London Is a Heritage Site

In the year 1988, Tower of London was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. It is one of the few intact medieval buildings in the world.

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The Castle Was Once a Prison

Tower of London became a prison because of its closeness to Westminster. In its history of 920 years, this place has seen many prisoners but only 22 executions.

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It Housed a Zoo for 600 Years

King John filled the tower of London with exotic animals that were given to him as royal gifts. The zoo was started in the early 1200s and was closed in 1835 by the Duke of Wellington.

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It is Home to the Crown Jewels

Crown Jewels are the ceremonial objects used by British Kings and Queens during their coronation. It is a well-known Tower of London fact that it is home to 140 British Crown Jewels and has been safeguarding them since 1303.

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Six Ravens are Always Kept at The Tower

There is a long-running superstition related to ravens the Tower of London. It is said that If the ravens leave the tower, the kingdom will fall. At least 6 ravens are kept in the tower at all times along with spares.

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There is a Garden of Ceramic Poppies

888,246 ceramic poppies were planted in the garden of the Tower of London in November 2014, to mark 100 years of Britain’s participation in World War I. This art installation is known as Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.

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An Annual Food Festival is Hosted at The Tower

Every year in September, the Tower of London hosts its own annual food festival where locals are invited to an evening of food, drinks, ales, gins and snacks. The event has music, entertainment and live-cooking demos from top chefs in the country.

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White Tower was Built First

White Tower was the first structure to be built in the castle. The rest of the structures were gradually built over the centuries. For a long time, the White Tower was used for torture and interrogation.

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Tower of London is Haunted

It is said that the Tower of London is haunted by the ghosts of the people who were tortured and killed here. Some popular names include Catherine, wife of King Henry VII, Dame Sybil, Henry VI and Anne Boleyn with her head under her arm.
Tower of London is one of the top tourist destinations in London. It's beautiful, mysterious and mesmerizing; all at the same time. Next time you are in the city, do not forget to visit this astounding piece of history.