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Barcelona, Spain

Mirador de Colom (Columbus Monument)

A vista of the city and sea from atop the little-known viewing deck on an unassuming Columbus statue.
Barcelona, Spain

Tibidabo

Mountain where Jesus was first tempted by the Devil.
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batlló

One of Antoni Gaudí's most classic buildings is well-known for its "dragon-back" design.
Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Família

Construction of Barcelona's iconic (but controversial) church is expected to be completed in 2026—a century after the death of its architect.
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Cyanometer

Martin Bricelj Baraga's monolithic sculpture measures the blueness of the sky, and changes color to match it.
Bled, Slovenia

Bled Island and Castle

This one-time health resort was used by aristocrats around the world.
Moscow, Russia

Institute of Russian Realist Art

One of the largest collections of socialist realist art shows the surprising depth of the official art of the Soviet Union.
Pushkin, Russia

Chinese Village at Tsarskoe Selo

A model village fit for an emperor.
sovkhoza im. Lenina, Russia

Castle of Childhood

A magnificent, Disneyesque chateau built for 150 lucky kindergarteners.
Moscow, Russia

Monument to Yuri Gagarin

This massive monument honors the first human in space.
Moscow, Russia

'Compassion'

A monument to Malchik, a stray dog who lived in a Moscow metro station until his tragic death.
Moscow, Russia

Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy

This newly renovated Soviet-era outdoor exhibition center is bigger than the principality of Monaco.
Moscow, Russia

Moscow State University

Gargantuan home of Russian science.
Moscow, Russia

The 'Golden Brains'

Some Moscow residents once claimed the bizarre, contorted mass of metal on top of the building was used to manipulate minds.
Moscow, Russia

Borodino Panorama

A 360 degree battlefield experience.
Moscow, Russia

Old English Yard

The "Mystery and Company of Merchant Adventurers" is an Elizabethan-era hangout in Moscow.
Moscow, Russia

Red Gates skyscraper

Stalinist skyscraper built with help of cryotechnology.
Moscow, Russia

Romanov Boyar Residence

Home of the future Emperors of Russia.
Moscow, Russia

State Darwin Museum

The world's first museum dedicated to the work of game-changing naturalist Charles Darwin.
Moscow, Russia

Padlock Tree Park

Dozens of padlock-trees along the Moscow River.
Moscow, Russia

Melnikov House

The avant-garde design was able to bypass strict Soviet regulations on architecture.
Moscow, Russia

Sokol

An early-20th-century "dacha" village of quaint cottages curiously located in a modern part of Moscow.
Moscow, Russia

Hotel Ukraina

The tallest hotel in Europe.
Moscow, Russia

Tsar Bell

World's largest bell sits on the grounds of the Kremlin in Moscow.