Fun fact

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28 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

•    The Tower of London was built as a royal palace and a defence system. It was founded by William the Conqueror towards the end of the 1066. 

•    The Tower is designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. There are 911 World Heritage Sites worldwide. The Tower of London is included as it is one of the very few intact medieval buildings.

•    There is a saying --- ‘If the ravens leave the Tower, the Kingdom will fall.’ At least 6 ravens are kept at the Tower of London at all time, for superstitious reasons. The flock of resident ravens even includes a ‘spare’! Each raven has a wing clipped to make sure they don’t fly too far from home.

•    There are over 23,500 jewels there today. The Crown Jewels were moved to the Martin Tower after the Jewel House was demolished. The total value of the jewels is estimated to exceed £20 billion.

•    22 executions took place within the Tower of London. The last person to be executed at the Tower of London was a German spy Josef Jakobs on August 15, 1941 after being caught parachuting into England. He was seated in a chair when he was shot. The chair is still preserved today at the Royal Armouries’ artifacts store.

•    During the 1200s a royal zoo was founded at the Tower of London and remained there for 600 years. It was filled with exotic animals such as polar bears, lions, kangaroos, ostriches and elephants. When the tower zoo closed down in 1835, all the animals were moved to the new London Zoo in Regent’s Park.

     •           In November 2012, the key to the internal lock to the Tower was stolen. The lock was immediately replaced.