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Sintra, Portugal

Quinta da Regaleira

Eccentrically decorated palace and gardens replete with grottoes, fountains, underground tunnels, caves, and numerous statues.
38.7963, -9.3960
Barcelona, Spain

Montjuïc Cemetery

This cemetery features modernist statues as strange as its name.
41.3578, 2.1536
The church's interior
Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Família

Construction of Barcelona's iconic (but controversial) church is expected to be completed in 2026—a century after the death of its architect.
41.4036, 2.1744
Santa Justa Lift
Lisbon, Portugal

Santa Justa Lift

This Industrial Age architectural and engineering gem helps visitors and residents alike traverse Lisbon, “The City of Seven Hills.”
38.7121, -9.1394
From the water
Lisbon, Portugal

Belem Tower Rhinoceros - Torre de Belém

A king's pet, a pope's gift, an artist's inspiration, and a tragic shipwreck.
38.6916, -9.2160
Alfonso's deceptively simple color palette at play
Marseille, France

Unite d'Habitation and the Radiant City

What if all public housing projects had been designed by "the Pygmalion of modern architecture," not only their prototype?
43.2613, 5.3963
Château d'If
Marseille, France

Château d'If

This historic island prison holds one of the dungeons from the Count of Monte Cristo even though it is a work of fiction.
43.2799, 5.3251
Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations
Marseille, France

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations

This modern museum of Mediterranean culture is surrounded by a surreal concrete honeycomb.
43.2968, 5.3611
Section of the restored Cliff Walk
Newport, Rhode Island

Newport Cliff Walk

Three and a half miles of cliffs, rocky beaches, Gilded Age mansions and 40 Steps to nowhere in particular.
41.4851, -71.2976
The Yale Whale (but technically, Ingalls Rink)
New Haven, Connecticut

Ingalls Rink

It looks like a whale, it's part of Yale, and it's best-known by a nickname you can probably work out for yourself.
41.3167, -72.9252
Skull and Bones Tomb
New Haven, Connecticut

Skull and Bones Tomb

The headquarters of the famous Yale society.
41.3085, -72.9303
Glass House
New Canaan, Connecticut

Glass House

Home of Philip Johnson, one of the 20th century's most influential architects.
41.1463, -73.4968
Gate Tower Building
Osaka, Japan

Gate Tower Building

Three floors rented out to the Japanese highway system.
34.6981, 135.4891
The scourge of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

Godzilla Head

He's not quite the menace he once was, but he still has some chops.
35.6954, 139.7018
Hachikō at the station
Tokyo, Japan

Hachiko

After a profound show of devotion for his master, a dog becomes the symbol of loyalty for an entire nation.
35.7180, 139.7788
Vertical urban farming at Pasona Group Headquarters
Tokyo, Japan

Pasona O2

Underground farm located in a former bank vault deep within the bowels of Tokyo's business district.
35.6843, 139.7707
Alcatraz ER
Tokyo, Japan

Alcatraz ER

Japan's corrupt-mental-institution themed restaurant offers diners a chance to eat inside of filthy cells.
35.6594, 139.6964
Tokyo, Japan

Kabukicho Robot Restaurant

Cabaret where the show girls are all androids, and the patrons couldn't be more pleased.
35.6942, 139.7028
Tokyo, Japan

Nakagin Capsule Tower

Masterpiece of metabolist architecture and the original "capsule building."
35.6656, 139.7634
Anata No Warehouse
Tokyo, Japan

Anata No Warehouse

This faux-seedy Japanese arcade is made up to look like a maze of alleys straight out of a cyberpunk dystopia.
35.5269, 139.6940
Detroit, Michigan

Packard Automotive Plant

The concrete shell of an industry giant remains as a playground for graffiti artists, auto scrappers, and paintball warriors.
42.3796, -83.0290
A postcard from the inside of the aquarium, dating to 1907 or 1908.
Detroit, Michigan

Belle Isle Aquarium

The Beaux Art aquarium boasts a vast collection of saltwater and freshwater fish on an island in the Detroit River.
42.3379, -82.9856
Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Children's Zoo

The bones of an old zoo crumbling in the shadow of a new one.
42.3406, -82.9813
Detroit, Michigan

Michigan Central Station

A Beaux-Arts triumph temporarily saved from demolition, but with an uncertain future.
42.3287, -83.0775