TOWER OF LONDON
London’s great riverside fortress is usually remembered as a place of imprisonment, but it has a much more varied past. Originally a moated fort, the White Tower was built for William I (the Conqueror) and begun around 1078. Enlarged by later monarchs—including Henry VIII, who famously sent two of his wives to their deaths on Tower Green—it became home to the city arsenal, the Crown Jewels, a menagerie, and the Royal Mint.
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