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Berlin, Germany

Vestiges of the Berlin Wall

On the Spree bank, discover one of the last reminders of a symbolic wall that divided, and was torn down by the people.
52.5050, 13.4397
Berlin, Germany

Arthouse Tacheles

An old department store turned Nazi prison turned artist commune.
52.5258, 13.3886
Kyiv, Ukraine

Peeing Colors in Kyiv

When you've got to go, you've got to go.
50.4562, 30.5114
Wax anatomical model without brain
Bologna, Italy

Bologna's Istituto di Anatomia Umana Normale

An amazing collection of wax anatomical models and terratological models.
44.4985, 11.3550
Galileo's Middle Finger
Florence, Italy

Galileo's Middle Finger

The middle finger of modernity.
43.7677, 11.2559
Florence, Italy

Medici Hall of Maps (Sala delle Carte Geografiche)

Over 50 exquisite hand-painted Renaissance maps decorate a Medici storage room.
43.7694, 11.2560
Florence, Italy

Fresco of John Hawkwood

In Florence's great Duomo, a 26 foot fresco honors a mercenary famous for attacking Florence.
43.7735, 11.2566
La Specola.
Florence, Italy

La Specola Anatomical Collection

The largest and most famous wax anatomical collection anywhere in the world.
43.7645, 11.2470
Isola San Michele Funeral gates
Murano, Italy

Isola di San Michele

Venice's island of the dead.
45.4470, 12.3466
Arch of Triumph, Bucharest, Romania. (Liliana Suruceanu/AtlasObscura)
Bucharest, Romania

Arcul de Triumf

Romania's triumphal arch looks out over Bucharest.
44.4672, 26.0781
The gallery of maps, showing the ceiling
Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Gallery of Maps - Galleria delle Carte Geografiche

Breathtaking and huge 430 year old maps of Italy.
41.9065, 12.4534
Giant Gippsland Earthworm
Bass, Australia

Giant Earthworm Museum

"The Wonder From Down Under", a worm shaped museum celebrating the endangered Giant Gippsland earthworm closed due to offences against the Wildlife Act 1975.
-38.4752, 145.4724
Sheffield, Australia

Tasmania's 'Town of Murals'

The once-dying town of Sheffield, Tasmania has reinvented itself as a village of painted wonders.
-41.3822, 146.3248
Port Arthur Penitentiary
Port Arthur, Australia

Port Arthur Penal Colony

Relics of Australia's convict past, and a modern scene of unimaginable horror.
-43.1471, 147.8426
Kryptonite-alike Jadarite
London, England

Kryptonite

Why Superman will never visit London's Natural History Museum.
51.4967, -0.1758
Anatomical exhibits at the Museo di Palazzo Poggi
Bologna, Italy

Museo di Palazzo Poggi Anatomy & Obstetrics Collection

An extraordinary collection of 18th century anatomical waxworks.
44.4966, 11.3512
Dublin, Ireland

The Long Room Library at Trinity College

The gorgeous library at Trinity College is home to remarkable treasures of Irish identity.
53.3440, -6.2567
Bodmin, England

Bodmin Jail

This antique prison is a tourist attraction with a sordid past.
50.4749, -4.7279
Juliet's balcony
Verona, Italy

Juliet's Balcony

Pilgrimage site for star-crossed lovers.
45.4418, 10.9984
Krong Battambang, Cambodia

Well of Shadows

A gruesome memorial for those lost in this area during the Khmer Rouge genocide.
13.1397, 103.2229
18th century Viennese Apoteka
Sibiu, Romania

Pharmacy Museum of Sibiu

A stunning 18th century pharmacy and medieval chemist's collection.
45.7983, 24.1518