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Athens, Greece

Theatre of Dionysus

Heralded as the world's first theater, these ruins are often overlooked as they reside in the shadows of the Acropolis.
Athens, Greece

Agia Dynami

This small 16th-century church in Athens is almost entirely surrounded by a modern building.
Athens, Greece

Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art

Large collection from the 3rd millennium BCE.
Athens, Greece

Anafiotika

The Cycladic architecture makes this Athens neighborhood feel like an island paradise hidden in the shadow of the Acropolis.
Kalabaka, Greece

Meteora

Monasteries on rock pillars, once accessible only by frayed ropes.
Athens, Greece

Magic Sphere of Helios

This mystical orb covered in strange symbols is thought to have been used in ancient Greek magical rituals.
Athens, Greece

Ritual of Periarosis Column

According to legend, this ancient column contains healing properties.
Athens, Greece

Tower of the Winds

An ancient octagonal weather station named for the eight Greek gods of wind.
Athens, Greece

The Athenian Agora

This ancient Greek place of assembly and marketplace is being revealed layer by layer below the modern Athens cityscape.
New York, New York

Komodo Dragon Diorama

Here be dragons.
New York, New York

Okapi Taxidermy Diorama

This impressive scene portrays the elusive forest giraffe of Central Africa.
New York, New York

Gorilla Diorama

Creating this diorama spurred naturalist Carl Akeley to begin advocating to protect the apes.
New York, New York

Hall of North American Mammals

Outstanding taxidermy dioramas showcase the grandeur of the continent's wildlife with spooky realism.
New York, New York

Asiatic Leopard Diorama

One of the most dazzling dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History is also one of the oldest.
New York, New York

Sambar and Wild Dog Diorama

This taxidermy scene brings the struggle for survival in the Indian jungle to a quiet corner of a Manhattan museum.
New York, New York

African Elephants Diorama

This magnificent herd of stampeding elephants has been frozen in time for over a century.
New York, New York

Scavenger Taxidermy Diorama

This morbid scene depicts the Darwinian drama of death on the African savannah.
New York, New York

Indian Rhinoceros Diorama

An eerie diorama that captures the majestic nature of a few prehistoric-looking beasts.
New York, New York

Libyan Desert Diorama

This poignant display is now a memorial to these regionally extinct species.
New York, New York

Flying Carpet Over Isfahan

A controversial magical figure is hidden within a diorama of the city.
New York, New York

Venetian Room

This lavish room at NYC's French Embassy is a rare relic from the end of the Gilded Age.
New York, New York

Albertine

Though its celestial ceiling is impressive, the true star is the vast collection of French books.
New York, New York

Long Lines Building

An uber-secure, windowless tower of doom in the center of Manhattan is an NSA spyscraper.
New York, New York

Poster House Museum

The first museum in the United States dedicated entirely to posters.