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The dragon clinging to the side of the building.
Munich, Germany

Wurmeck

A fearsome dragon clings to a corner of Munich's city hall.
48.1376, 11.5752
It's easy to miss the house wedged between these churches.
Porto, Portugal

Carmo and Carmelitas Churches

A hidden three-foot-wide house separates these two regal churches.
41.1473, -8.6165
The Nine Ladies.
Stanton Lees, England

Nine Ladies Stone Circle

Legend says this little-known stone circle is formed from people petrified as punishment for dancing on the Sabbath.
53.1679, -1.6290
Air Crash.
Madrid, Spain

Air Crash

A whimsical brother of the nearby Fallen Angel statue takes the falling part quite literally.
40.4160, -3.7097
A public courtyard inside La Tabacalera. (Photo:
Madrid, Spain

La Tabacalera de Lavapiés

This funky former tobacco factory is one of the most striking examples of Madrid's cultural diversity.
40.4065, -3.7033
Pretty stunning for 250 years old
Madrid, Spain

Real Jardin Botanico

Over two centuries old and counting, Madrid's massive botanical garden contains one of Europe's only desert environments.
40.4122, -3.6920
Hohllay Cave
Berdorf, Luxembourg

Hohllay Cave

This Luxembourg cave is covered in cryptic looking marks left by mining activity.
49.8159, 6.3597
"Halfdan carved these runes."
Fatih, Turkey

Viking Runes at Hagia Sophia

A small etching on the white marble parapet was written in runic script by a Viking mercenary.
41.0086, 28.9802
 Basilica of San Vitale.
Ravenna, Italy

Basilica of San Vitale

This 6th-century church has the largest and best-preserved collection of Byzantine mosaics outside Constantinople.
44.4202, 12.1960
Baltimore Beacon.
Cork, Ireland

Baltimore Beacon

An oddly conical beacon perched atop beautiful Irish cliffs.
51.4737, -9.3880
Cherry blossoms create enchanting flower tunnels.
Bonn, Germany

Bonn Cherry Blossoms

Thousands of flowers create enchanting pink tunnels over the city streets.
50.7392, 7.0961
The Maiden.
Edinburgh, Scotland

The Edinburgh Maiden

This early version of the guillotine was used to execute the man responsible for its construction.
55.9475, -3.1898
The four-ton Mintrop ball
Göttingen, Germany

Wiechert Earthquake Station

Home to the world’s oldest seismograph and a four-ton steel ball that makes its own earthquakes.
51.5446, 9.9635
One of these columns hides a cross.
Córdoba, Spain

Cross of the Captive

A curious carving hides on a marble column in the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba.
37.8789, -4.7794
Sobrino de Botin
Madrid, Spain

Sobrino de Botin

The oldest restaurant in the world is this old-world Spanish eatery, still known for its suckling pig.
40.4142, -3.7079
The aqueduct at night.
Segovia, Spain

Segovia Aqueduct

One of the few remaining ancient aqueducts described by Frontinus as 'the most solemn testimony of the Empire.'
40.9480, -4.1178
New furniture in the old entrance area.
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Blaak House

Elegant marble and old vaults fill this historic Dutch bank turned office space.
51.9182, 4.4850
Valley of the Fallen
San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain

Valley of the Fallen

This underground church is topped with a 500-foot cross that is seen by many as a beacon of fascist hubris.
40.6419, -4.1553
Portrait of the Four Tetrarchs.
Venice, Italy

Portrait of the Four Tetrarchs

This Roman statue is missing a limb from when the Venetians stole it from Constantinople during the Crusades.
45.4346, 12.3397
The Three Brothers.
Riga, Latvia

The Three Brothers

The oldest housing complex in Riga is a mini timeline of architectural trends.
56.9504, 24.1044
London, England

The Soho Square Hut

The Tudor-style cottage in the middle of the square is not quite what it seems.
51.5153, -0.1322
London, England

Earl's Court Police Box

The Metropolitan Police refurbished the blue box (perhaps not coincidentally) the same year "Doctor Who" returned to TV screens.
51.4921, -0.1930
The cycle of artists painting over prior pieces begins
London, England

Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel

A hands-off space for graffiti artists to hone and display their skills.
51.5015, -0.1150
The Hardy Tree
London, England

The Hardy Tree

This churchyard arbor is surrounded by hundreds of gravestones placed there by author Thomas Hardy.
51.5349, -0.1309