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Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral seen from the Parc de Montjuvet.
Clermont-Ferrand, France

Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral

A Gothic cathedral created from volcanic rocks.
45.7772, 3.0824
Dial of Astronomical Clock of Lyon.
Lyon, France

Astronomical Clock of Lyon

For hundreds of years, automatons moving to metallic music have been marking the passage of time.
45.7608, 4.8266
(Flickr/Ethelred the Unusual)
Charmouth, England

Charmouth Beach

Cliffs full of fossils at the portal to England's Jurassic Coast.
50.7334, -2.9020
Winston Churchill Ave. runs across the Gibraltar Airport runway.
Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Gibraltar Airport

Single runway interrupted by a busy road that cuts across its middle.
36.1512, -5.3500
The headstone at the grave of Little John.
Hathersage, England

Little John's Grave

A headstone notes where the most famous of Robin Hood's legendary Merry Men is reportedly buried.
53.3311, -1.6523
The Nails outside Bristol's Corn Exchange.
Bristol, England

The Nails

17th-century merchants in Bristol nailed their deals by placing money on these pedestals.
51.4545, -2.5936
The bridge chapel at Rotherham.
Rotherham, England

The Chapel of Our Lady

This oddly placed 15th-century church is one of only six bridge chapels left in England.
53.4327, -1.3581
Duckmanton, England

Walking Together

A poignant memorial to the 106 coal miners killed in three major accidents in Derbyshire.
53.2412, -1.3279
A room built into north wall serves as an extra  kitchen for dining al fresco.
Coreglia Antelminelli, Italy

La Rocca

An 11th-century mountaintop fortress that played a crucial role in Italy's papal wars is now a vacation rental.
44.0664, 10.5283
Dual-time clock at the Bristol Exchange
Bristol, England

Corn Exchange Dual-Time Clock

The unusual clock on this 18th-century market building has an extra minute hand for "Bristol time."
51.4545, -2.5936
British cycling troops during the Battle of the Somme.
Meriden, England

National Cyclists Memorial

The obelisk honors the cyclist troops who were killed during World War I.
52.4381, -1.6495
The 90th anniversary recreation of Malcolm Cambell's first world land speed record in his Sunbeam-powered car.
Pendine, Wales

Pendine Sands

Several land speed world records were shattered at this Welsh beach.
51.7425, -4.5563
Sir Hiram Maxim's Captive Flying Machines
Blackpool, England

Sir Hiram Maxim's Captive Flying Machines

One of the oldest amusement rides in existence was a huge disappointment to its creator.
53.7921, -3.0553
Ware Hall in its relocated condition at Wells-Next-the-Sea.
Wells-next-the-Sea, England

Ware Hall House

15th-century house single-handedly disassembled then reassembled bit by bit 100 miles away.
52.9521, 0.8505
SS Vina
Norfolk, England

SS Vina Shipwreck

The wreckage of an old coastal trading vessel is only visible at low tide.
52.9853, 0.6543
Extreme low-tide exposing rock pools
Brighton, England

The Daddy Long Legs Seashore Railway

The remnants of a strange stilted building on rails can still be seen at low tide.
50.8067, -0.0807
The 2010 dressing of Coffin Well in Tissington.
Tissington, England

Derbyshire Well Dressing

The tradition of using flowers to decorate wells is once again thriving in England.
53.0670, -1.7385
Fortifications
Cricqueville-en-Bessin, France

Pointe du Hoc

A daring D-Day assault by U.S. Army Rangers is commemorated atop the high cliffs of this strategic point.
49.3972, -0.9894
Smoking the Fool, the prelude to the contest.
Haxey, England

The Haxey Hood

One of England's oldest ongoing games is basically a town-wide scrummage that aims to push a leather tube into a local pub.
53.4898, -0.8383
The Piazza dei Miracoli, with the Tower in the center and the two white anchors in the lower right.
Pisa, Italy

Guy Rope Anchors for the Leaning Tower of Pisa

The only visible reminders of an elaborate engineering project that kept the tower from reaching the tipping point.
43.7237, 10.3966
Exercise Tiger Memorial
Devon, England

Exercise Tiger Memorial

A disastrous D-Day rehearsal was relatively unknown until this sunken tank was discovered 40 years later.
50.2685, -3.6523
The Trent Aegir tidal bore.
West Stockwith, England

The Trent Aegir

In the right conditions a wall of water up to five feet tall flows upstream against the current on the River Trent.
53.4434, -0.8126
The Denver Sluice
Denver, England

The Denver Sluice Complex

This little-known hero has been protecting "The Fens" for close to 400 years, and now from its most powerful challenger yet: climate change.
52.5847, 0.3459
The memorial
Lincoln, England

Lincoln Tank Memorial

The world's first military tank was designed in this English city amid the stalemate of WWI trench warfare.
53.2260, -0.5501