9 Facts About Tower of London

1. The White Tower of London is 27 meters above ground and is made of Caen stone imported from France.

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2. The last person to be executed at the Tower of London was German spy Josef Jakobs who was shot on 15 August 1941.

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3. Under the Stuart kings the Tower of London's buildings were remodelled, mostly under the auspices of the Office of Ordnance.

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4. The White Tower of London is the earliest stone keep in England, and was the strongest point of the early castle.

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5. The area around the White Tower of London was cleared so that anyone approaching would have to cross open ground.

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6. In 1988, the Tower of London was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, in recognition of its global importance and to help conserve and protect the site.

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7. At the time, Tower of London was the largest town in England; the foundation of Westminster Abbey and the old Palace of Westminster under Edward the Confessor had marked it as a centre of governance, and with a prosperous port it was important for the Normans to establish control over the settlement.

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8. As the fortified bridge into Tower of London was held by Saxon troops, he decided instead to ravage Southwark before continuing his journey around southern England.

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9. Today, the Tower of London is one of the country's most popular tourist attractions.

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