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Places visited in Rennes-le-Château, France
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Porto, Portugal

McDonald's Imperial

This restored Portuguese cafe may well be the most beautiful place in the world to grab a Big Mac.
Trier, Germany

Porta Nigra

The last bastion of Roman presence north of the Alps looms over a German town.
Hanover, Germany

Aegidien Church War Memorial

After this historic church was destroyed by World War II bombing, its blackened shell was left standing as a monument.
Hanover, Germany

The Musical Manhole Cover

This gateway to subterranean Hanover plays jazz, pop and rock to surprised passersby.
Hanover, Germany

Marktkirche

Striking occult iconography on a medieval German church.
Wuppertal, Germany

Schwebebahn Wuppertal

This "floating railway" is one of the world's oldest monorail systems.
Colares, Portugal

Cabo da Roca

One Portuguese poet described this cape, the westernmost point in mainland Europe, as "where the land ends and the sea begins."
Sintra, Portugal

Pena National Palace

This unreal Portuguese palace looks as though it's made from a pile of different castles.
Lisbon, Portugal

Pastéis de Belém

Eat the ultimate iteration of Portugal's most beloved pastry.
Lisbon, Portugal

National Coach Museum

An exquisite collection of fairytale conveyances that puts most car museums to shame.
Lisbon, Portugal

Jerónimos Monastery

Elaborately carved to showcase the glorious wealth that the age of exploration brought to the Portuguese empire.
Lisbon, Portugal

Santa Justa Lift

This Industrial Age architectural and engineering gem helps visitors and residents alike traverse Lisbon, “The City of Seven Hills.”
Lisbon, Portugal

Rhinoceros of Belem Tower

A king's pet, a pope's gift, an artist's inspiration, and a tragic shipwreck.
Portugalete, Spain

Vizcaya Bridge

Two towns are linked by an engineering marvel masquerading as a boring suspension bridge.
Bilbao, Spain

Jeff Koons' Puppy

Giant topiary dog once played a role in a terrorist bomb plot.
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain

Gaztelugatxe

Hundreds of stone stairs and a winding medieval bridge connect this haunting Spanish island to the mainland.
L'Arboç, Spain

La Giralda de L’Arboç

Replica of Seville, Spains famous Giralda, a former minaret converted into a bell tower.
Eltziego, Spain

Hotel Marques De Riscal

A medieval village holds a very modern hotel.
Sant Adrià de Besòs, Spain

Tres Xemeneies (Three Chimneys)

The unexpectedly beloved remnants of a controversial thermal power plant.
Barcelona, Spain

'Dona i Ocell' ('Woman and Bird')

This colorful statue welcomes visitors to a Barcelona park.
Barcelona, Spain

Las Arenas de Barcelona

An early 20th-century bullring converted into a modern shopping center.
Barcelona, Spain

The Güell Pavillions Dragon Gate

This stunning iron gate designed by Modernist architect Antoni Gaudí is filled with mythic symbolism.
Barcelona, Spain

Palau Güell

One of Antoni Gaudí’s earliest buildings, built between 1886 and 1890 for the industrialist Eusebi Güell.
Barcelona, Spain

Street Performers of Las Ramblas

The iconic boulevard is the perfect place to catch sight of a bicycling skeleton, a levitating Satan, or a chef with his head stuck in a pizza.