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Athens, Greece

Ritual of Periarosis Column

According to legend, this ancient column contains healing properties.
Ludlow, Vermont

Okemo Fire Tower

A 60-foot tall tower providing unparalleled views of the southern Green Mountains of Vermont.
Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii Thermopolium

Before it was buried by volcanic ash, this fast-food restaurant fed the hungry hordes of ancient Rome.
New Orleans, Louisiana

St. Louis Cathedral

This cathedral dedicated to Louis IX, sainted King of France, holds many secrets.
Carroll, New Hampshire

Mount Washington Hotel

A beautiful Gilded Age hotel in the White Mountains with surprising diplomatic history.
Padua, Italy

Tomb of Antenor

The tomb of the mythological founder of Padua is not hidden in some obscure crypt, but stands right in the middle of the city square.
Padua, Italy

Prato della Valle

One of the largest squares in Europe contains an entire artificial island.
Rome, Italy

'The Brave Righetto'

Among the busts of heroes of the Roman Republic of 1849, there is also a statue of a boy and his dog.
Athens, Greece

The Olive Tree of the Acropolis

Legend says this sacred tree was a gift from Athena.
Reggio Calabria, Italy

Riace Bronzes

Two of the few remaining life-sized Greek bronzes were submerged in the sea for over 2,000 years.
Marrakech, Morocco

Bab Agnaou

One of the two original gateways into the Kasbah, this gateway is a nesting site for storks.
Athens, Greece

Caves of Filopappou Hill

These caves secretly held national treasures during World War II.
Nafplio, Greece

Ottoman Fountains of Nafplio

Public water fountains built during the Ottoman Era still stand throughout this seaside town.
Northampton, Massachusetts

Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum

A single room pays homage to the prodigious achievements of the 30th President of the United States.
Marsala, Italy

Tophet of Motya

These ruins of a Phoenician sanctuary in Sicily have a dark history.
Rome, Italy

Casa di Lorenzo Manilio

A 15th-century monumental Latin inscription on this house celebrates Lorenzo Manilio's love for Rome.
Ann Arbor, Michigan

'Villa of the Mysteries' Replica

A watercolor recreation of a famous fresco unearthed at Pompeii.
Rome, Italy

Anita Garibaldi Monument

The Italian revolutionary's legendary wife is portrayed on horseback waving a gun and holding her child in this memorial on the Janiculum.
Rome, Italy

'Res Gestae Divi Augusti' ('The Deeds of the Divine Augustus')

A large replica of a monumental Roman inscription is located on the side of this museum.
Hartford, Vermont

Vermont Toy Museum

Inside this community-run museum, visitors are treated to the history of toys and games.
Northumberland, England

Temple of Mithras, Carrawburgh

This temple was constructed entirely by Roman soldiers.
Athens, Greece

Austrian Archaeological Institute at Athens

A historic building houses one of the most important archaeological institutes in Europe.
Tripoli, Greece

Church of Agia Fotini Mantineias

This church combines Christian, Byzantine, and ancient Greek architectural elements.
Rome, Italy

Basilica of San Giorgio in Velabro

This medieval church in Rome was almost destroyed following a terrorist attack in 1993.