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Tower of London

United Kingdom
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Discover Tower of London

Under the direction of William the Conqueror, who sought to defend the entrance to London and the Thames by erecting a fortress, the Tower of London was constructed in the middle of the seventh century. From the fifteenth century, it served as a prison for political opponents, pretenders to the throne or repudiated wives of Henry VIII.

Today, the tower serves as a museum, housing the crown jewels, worn by the Queen during investiture ceremonies.