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Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Mahathat (Temple of the Great Relic)

One of Bangkok's oldest temples and home to Thailand's largest monastic order.
14.3569, 100.5675
Giant stone chicken.
Tambon Ao Nang, Thailand

Chicken Island

This nugget of paradise earned its name for obvious reasons.
7.9540, 98.8068
The tunnel through the limestone rock.
San Lawrenz, Malta

The Inland Sea

The fishing boats that moor in this small lagoon enter and leave through a tunnel to the sea.
36.0538, 14.1912
Marvelous temple ruins.
Calatafimi, Italy

Temple of Segesta

This amazingly preserved Doric temple was abandoned before it was ever completed.
37.9414, 12.8325
All that remains is the door.
Athens, Greece

Old Madrasa of Athens

The ruined doorway is a portal to the building's turbulent and torturous past.
37.9745, 23.7270
Put your thumb into the hole rotating it and your wish will be fulfilled.
Fatih, Turkey

Hagia Sophia Wishing Column

Legend says if you stick your thumb in the hole and it gets wet your wish will be granted.
41.0084, 28.9794
Ancient walls.
Erice, Italy

Phoenician Walls of Erice

Tourists to the mountaintop Sicilian town often overlook its ancient fortifications.
38.0382, 12.5871
The Jewish deportations memorial at platform 16.
Florence, Italy

Platform 16 Holocaust Deportation Memorials

Memorials at a Florence railway station remember the citizens who were deported from Italy and sent to extermination camps.
43.7763, 11.2485
Inside the ruins of the old priory.
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kells Priory

These imposing walls and towers look more like the ruins of a fortress than a monastery.
52.5366, -7.2680
Matmata underground house.
Matmatat-Al-Qadimal, Tunisia

Matmata Underground Houses

Made famous by "Star Wars," these troglodyte homes face an uncertain future.
33.5426, 9.9673
The balcony.
Rome, Italy

Mussolini's Balcony

The spot where the fascist dictator made some of his most famous speeches including declaring war on Britain and France.
41.8963, 12.4808
Ex-voto at Santuario di Montenero.
Livorno, Italy

Ex-Votos of Santuario di Montenero

This Tuscan church contains a gallery of over 700 ex-votos depicting near-death experiences.
43.4927, 10.3501
Artist impression of medieval Bologna.
Bologna, Italy

Towers of Bologna

Over 100 towers were built in Bologna during the Middle Ages, but only 22 survive.
44.4943, 11.3467
Cape Agulhas.
L'Agulhas, South Africa

Cape Agulhas Marker

This small monument marks the divide between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the southernmost tip of Africa.
-34.8311, 20.0131
Carrara marble quarry.
Carrara, Italy

Cava Museo

Explore the quarry where the marble was sourced for Michaelangelo's David.
44.0904, 10.1337
The current lighthouse stands with the original in its shadow.
Gatteville-le-Phare, France

Phare de Gatteville

A beautiful lighthouse with as many steps as days in the year, as many windows as weeks, and as many levels as months.
49.6965, -1.2659
The song of a sacred bird echoes up the stairs if you clap your hands.
Tinum, Mexico

Chichen Itza Chirp

Clap your hands at the base of the pyramid, and the song of a sacred Mayan bird will echo through the air.
20.6816, -88.5677
The Colossi of Memnon, battered by time and accidental Roman damage.
Luxor, Egypt

Colossi of Memnon

These Egyptian statues have survived for 3,400 years and were an acoustic wonder of the ancient world.
25.7206, 32.6105
Larderello, a hotspot of geothermal power.
Stabilimenti, Italy

Devil's Valley

Once an ancient Roman bath, now a hotbed of geothermal energy and a hub for energetic innovations.
43.2374, 10.8853
Newly wed couples leave wax babies as offerings within the church.
Rodos, Greece

Tsambika Monastery

Scores of wax baby figurines add an unusual mood to this beautiful church on the Greek coast.
36.2358, 28.1503
The view from Sighignola.
Lanzo D'intelvi, Italy

Balcony of Italy (Balcone d'Italia)

The Sighignola summit on the Swiss border offers views so breathtaking it's been named one of the most beautiful places in Italy.
45.9683, 8.9918
Le Chat Noir.
Paris, France

Le Chat Noir Collection

Original cabaret handbills, posters, and feline artwork are a purrfect highlight of the Museum of Montmartre.
48.8877, 2.3405
Greenwich Foot Tunnel
London, England

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

A 1,215-foot tunnel transports pedestrians beneath the River Thames.
51.4833, -0.0102
The famous facade and portal to the church.
Lisbon, Portugal

Jerónimos Monastery

Elaborately carved to showcase the glorious wealth that the age of exploration brought to the Portuguese empire.
38.6970, -9.2069