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London, England

Wellington Monument

This once-controversial and slightly confusing statue of Achilles was built out of captured cannons.
Paris, France

Notre-Dame-de-Lorette

Claude Monet was baptized in this lavishly ornate Paris church.
Istanbul, Turkey

Tünel

Climb a steep hill in 90 seconds on the second-oldest urban subway in the world.
Naudītes Pagasts, Latvia

Pokaini Forest

Mysterious heaps of stones dot these otherworldly woods.
Vienna, Austria

Hofpavillon Hietzing

An ornate private entrance to the Vienna subway built specifically for the emperor.
Kaunas, Lithuania

Christ's Resurrection Church

This magnificent Art Deco church is a reflection of Lithuania’s turbulent history.
Vilnius, Lithuania

Literatų Gatvė (Literature Street)

Plaques celebrating Lithuanian writers freckle a wall of this picture-perfect path.
Kaunas, Lithuania

Sugihara House

Where a Japanese government official issued transit visas to Jews fleeing from Nazi-occupied Poland.
Valga, Estonia

Valga/Valka Border

For the last century, this international border within a small town has appeared and disappeared various times.
Riga, Latvia

Jauniela (New Street)

This charming Latvian lane doubled as Baker Street on the Soviet Union’s version of Sherlock Holmes.
Narva, Estonia

Narva Lenin

A statue of the Soviet leader still stands in a quiet corner of Estonia’s most Russian city.
Vilnius, Lithuania

Palace of Concerts and Sports

An abandoned masterpiece of Soviet Brutalist architecture.
Liepāja, Latvia

Saint Nicholas Naval Cathedral

This ornate church has survived Nazi and Soviet occupation, including a short stint as a Soviet-era gymnasium and cinema.
Rome, Italy

Arch of the Argentarii

This ancient Roman arch misled treasure hunters for centuries.
London, England

Victoria and Albert Museum WWII Battle Scars

The pockmarks across the building's facade are remnants of the Blitz.
Paris, France

Jardin Alpin (Alpine Garden)

This recessed garden protects thousands of mountain plants by creating its own microclimates.
Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan

Kitab State Geological Reserve

The rocks are a time capsule of a 407-million-year-old Earth.
Paris, France

Temple de la Sybille (The Temple of Sybille)

This structure atop a craggy cliff in one of the most beautiful parks in Paris boasts an unbeatable view.
Rome, Italy

Santa Maria sopra Minerva Flood Markers

Plaques on its facade commemorate the Tiber's most destructive deluges.
Rome, Italy

Basilica of San Crisogono

Remnants of a 4th-century church with vivid medieval frescoes and ancient sarcophagi hide beneath this old basilica.
Rome, Italy

Basilica of Santi Quattro Coronati

A fortified medieval basilica on the Caelian Hill preserves extraordinary frescoes and one of Rome's most beautiful hidden cloisters.
Provins, France

Le Roy Lire

An atmospheric, medieval-themed book store hides in a 13th-century underground space.
Paris, France

'Jeune Éléphant pris au Piège' ('Young Elephant Caught in a Trap')

This emotive sculpture was originally created for the 1878 World's Fair.
London, England

Monument to the Great Fire of London

The commemorative stone column conceals a secret laboratory.