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Rome, Italy

The Globe of the Vatican Obelisk

Legend has it that this bronze orb, which sat atop an ancient Egyptian obelisk, once held the ashes of Julius Caesar.
Benevento, Italy

Arch of Trajan in Benevento

Unscathed for almost 2,000 years, the best preserved Roman triumphal arch is in a small southern Italian city.
Salerno, Italy

Salerno Medieval Aqueduct

According to the legend, this structure was built in a single night with the help of the devil.
Cori, Italy

Temple of the Dioscuri

Only three columns survive from this ancient temple in the town of Cori.
Rieti, Italy

Umbilicus Italiae

The disputed geographic center, or "navel," of Italy.
Cori, Italy

Temple of Hercules

The ruins of this Roman temple dominate the small city in southern Lazio.
Paestum, Italy

Sacello Ipogeico

The only visible remains of this ancient Greek underground temple is its roof protruding from the earth.
Greece

The Lion of Chaeronea

Τhis feline monument commemorates fallen soldiers on a field that saw many, many battles.
Rome, Italy

Madama Lucrezia

This statue is the only female representation of Rome's "talking statues."
Rome, Italy

Piè di Marmo (Marble Foot)

A massive marble foot is tucked away in a small alley near the Pantheon.
Rome, Italy

Temple of Minerva Medica

Believed to be the remains of the lost Temple of Minerva, this nymphaeum has been known by its misnomer to this day.
Ischia, Italy

Poor Clares Convent Cemetery

Deceased nuns were placed on stone chairs to decompose, while the surviving nuns prayed near the lifeless bodies.
Naples, Italy

Naples Underground

A labyrinth of ancient tunnels hidden below the city holds the ruins of 2,500 years of history.
Naples, Italy

Porta Nolana

This medieval city gate is now a blend of the past and the modern world.
Salihli, Turkey

Sardis

These ruins once made up the capital of Lydia, which minted the oldest coins in the world.
Vatican City

'The Vision of Constantine'

This equestrian statue of Constantine the Great has been the subject of criticism for centuries.
Greece

Archeological Exhibit at Athens International Airport

These artifacts were discovered during the construction of the airport, with some dating back to the Neolithic period.
New York, New York

Grand Central Oyster Bar

This subterranean oyster house has been the pearl of Grand Central Station since 1913.
Rome, Italy

Porto di Ripetta

An 18th century fountain and two columns are all that remains of Rome's forgotten river harbor.
Rome, Italy

The Flying Donkey

Rome's first modern graffito is all that is left of a peaceful protest from the 1970s.
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.
Elefsina, Greece

Church of Panagia Mesosporitissa

Only open for two days a year, this church links ancient Greek and modern Christian celebrations.
Elefsina, Greece

Plutonian Cave of Eleusis

According to legend, this cavern holds the passage that Persephone used to travel to and from the underworld.
Glasgow, Scotland

Kelvingrove Pipe Organ

Inside this art museum resides one of Glasgow's most famous musical instruments.