The Tower of London is a castle with history as a royal palace, a prison, and a fortress. This is where the Crown Jewels are displayed under guard of the Beefeaters. (They are also tour guides if you enter the tower attraction). There are 12 acres of and within the walls!!!
Here's a crazy fact. Did you know there was once a Zoo at the Tower? Seriously! For over 600 years, the Menagerie was home to a variety of animals kept by monarchs as a symbol of power as well as to entertain the court. Often animals were exchanged as gifts. In the 1600s the menagerie was open to the public until 1831 when most animals were relocated to the London Zoo. Crazy!!
Today animals still remain at the Tower, in sculpted form..
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