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Galileo's Middle Finger
Florence, Italy

Galileo's Middle Finger

The middle finger of modernity
43.7677, 11.2560
Bones from the former Magdeleine cemetery (La Ville Leveque Street numbers 1 and 2). Deposited in 1844 in the western ossuary (bone repository) and transferred to the catacombs in September 1859.
Paris, France

Catacombes de Paris

The Catacombs hold secrets much stranger than the bones stacked within them
48.8343, 2.3322
Ottawa, Canada

The Diefenbunker

Canada's Subterranean Cold War Museum
45.3517, -76.0446
Père Lachaise in snow
Paris, France

Père Lachaise Cemetery

France's most famous cemetery, with some of its most curious tombs
48.8594, 2.3910
Salem Witch House
Salem, Massachusetts

The Witch House of Salem

The only structure left with direct ties to the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692
42.5215, -70.8989
Cats lounging on ancient architecture
Rome, Italy

Torre Argentina - Roman Cat Sanctuary

Hundreds of lucky felines haunt the ruins where Caesar was murdered
41.8962, 12.4763
A street in the close.
Edinburgh, Scotland

Mary King's Close

17th century streets hidden under Edinburgh were once a breeding ground for the black death
55.9501, -3.1882
Oxford, United Kingdom

Oak Beams, New College Oxford

The beams of the New College, Oxford dining hall come with an amazing story
51.7542, -1.2520
Toronto, Canada

Bata Shoe Museum

Collection of over twelve thousand shoes, displayed in a building shaped like a shoebox
43.6674, -79.4000
Niles, Illinois

Leaning Tower of Niles

Half-sized replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa built to honor Galileo
42.0125, -87.7841
Oxford, United Kingdom

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Used as an example in one of the first dictionary entries for "museum" in 1706
51.7553, -1.2601
Plaster cast of a dog at Pompeii
Pompei, Italy

Plaster Citizens of Pompeii

Their last minutes captured in plaster
40.7492, 14.5007
The gallery of maps, showing the ceiling
Vatican City, Vatican

Gallery of Maps - Galleria delle Carte Geografiche

Breathtaking and huge 430 year old maps of Italy
41.9029, 12.4534
Toronto, Canada

CN Tower: The Tallest Metal Staircase on Earth

One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World holds the world's tallest metal staircase
43.6425, -79.3873
Sala delle Carte Geografiche in Palazzo Vecchio
Florence, Italy

Medici Hall of Maps - Sala delle Carte Geografiche

54 exquisite hand painted Renaissance maps decorating a Medici storage room
43.7694, 11.2560
The Banqueting Room
Brighton, England

The Royal Pavilion

Regency era excess on the English Coast
50.8223, -0.1377
Pont de la Concorde
Paris, France

Pont de la Concorde

Bridge built from the rubble of the Bastille prison
48.8634, 2.3196
The sign welcoming visitors to the Red Rock National Conservation Area.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Dyed by iron oxide over centuries, these sandstone rocks rise thousands of feet into the sky
36.1357, -115.4279
Athens, Greece

The Athenian Agora

This ancient Greek "place of assembly" and marketplace is being revealed layer by layer below the modern Athens cityscape
37.9941, 23.7176
Lindow Man, on display at the British Museum.
Greater London, England

Lindow Man

Naturally mummified 2,000-year-old man
51.5180, -0.1270
Manchester, Massachusetts

Singing Beach at Manchester-By-The-Sea

Friction between grains of sand cause a curious "singing" sound
42.5706, -70.7607
London, England

The Navigators

Ship-sized kinetic sculptural fantasy
51.5059, -0.0835
Burlington, Vermont

Tallest Filing Cabinet on Earth

38-drawer structure claims the superlative title, but it isn't the world's only giant filing cabinet
44.4556, -73.2180
On top of Mount Tiede. (Ariel Shultz/Atlas Obscura)
Spain

Mount Teide

Mountain believed by aborigines to house the devil
28.2728, -16.6422