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Lima Cathedral
Lima, Peru

Pizarro's Tomb

Now containing the bones of the actual conquistador, instead of someone else.
-12.0931, -77.0464
Gog and Magog and Gaunt's Clock
Melbourne, Australia

Gog and Magog

These mythological giants take time out of their busy day guarding a Victorian market to let you know what time it is.
-37.8147, 144.9635
Sign announcing the Dingo Fence
Mount Barry, Australia

Dingo Fence

The longest fence in the world stretches over 3,000 miles to keep the dingoes out.
-28.8635, 134.7818
Welcome to Wycliffe Well
Davenport, Australia

Wycliffe Well

The UFO capital of Australia is the outback’s answer to Roswell.
-20.7994, 134.2333
Paraty Casa de Cultura
Paraty, Brazil

Masonic Symbols of Paraty

This Brazilian town built by Freemasons is full of colonial Masonic architecture and symbolic imagery.
-23.2188, -44.7126
The entry to the gardens. (jeffbelmonte/Flickr)
Curitiba, Brazil

Curitiba Botanical Gardens

Solitary monument dedicated to the beauty of nature.
-25.4417, -49.2389
Magdalen Chapel's pre-Reformation stained glass.
Edinburgh, Scotland

Magdalen Chapel

The 16th-century church has the only stained glass windows that survived the Scottish Reformation intact.
55.9480, -3.1925
Grasshopper.
London, England

Signs of Old Lombard Street

The last four extravagant street signs of London's historic banking street.
51.5128, -0.0872
Bathed in sunlight.
Highland, Scotland

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Now famous as the "Harry Potter bridge," this impressive concrete viaduct has long been an icon in its own right.
56.8763, -5.4319
Water still flows through
London, England

Traitors' Gate

The watery entrance for condemned prisoners heading to the Tower of London is still visible along the Thames.
51.5074, -0.0769
Duke of Wellington Statue
Glasgow, Scotland

Duke of Wellington Statue

This stately monument has been wearing a traffic cone hat for decades much to the delight of the locals.
55.8601, -4.2520
London, England

Tipu's Tiger

A delightful crank-operated pipe organ depicts a tiger calmly devouring a hapless colonial.
51.4971, -0.1728
Snowdon
Gwynedd, Wales

Snowdon

The highest peak in Wales is said to be the final resting place of a giant killed by King Arthur.
53.0685, -4.0762
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
Entering the bustling lobby of Correo Mayor
Mexico City, Mexico

Palacio Postal

Gilded heaven for philatelists and architecture freaks, still in full working order despite sitting atop tremulous ground.
19.4362, -99.1373
Peter Pan is the boy who never grows up.
London, England

Peter Pan Statue

A statue marks the exact spot where The Boy Who Never Grows Up made his first literary appearance.
51.5086, -0.1759
London Stone
London, England

The London Stone

This legendary stone is of unknown origin, and throughout history has been a literal touchstone for British leaders.
51.5116, -0.0895
London, England

Brompton Cemetery

The sixth of London's "Magnificent Seven" cemeteries, and a source of unlikely inspiration to Beatrix Potter.
51.4828, -0.1871
Horses - Stables Market
London, England

Stables Market

Catacombs turned marketplace.
51.5424, -0.1477
Fresque des Québécois
Québec City, Québec

The Murals of Quebec City

A contemporary fresco movement illustrates the region's rich history.
46.8107, -71.2035
Ceiling Ship
Montreal, Québec

Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel (The Sailors' Church)

Small ship votives hang from the vaulted ceiling of this port-side church with a Latin inscription on the wall, "Pray for us fishermen in the hour of our death."
45.5099, -73.5514
Dog Parking
Montreal, Québec

Marché Jean-Talon

Montreal's giant farmer's market is a foodie's best friend, especially in the winter months.
45.5364, -73.6157
(Flickr/Wojtek Gurak)
Edinburgh, Scotland

Holyrood Abbey Ruins

Ruined 11th century abbey built by King David I in Edinburgh, Scotland.
55.9531, -3.1716
Qasr Amra
Jordan

Qasr Amra

A bathhouse from the second Islamic Caliphate decorated with frescoes of constellations, pleasure gardens, and naked ladies.
31.8019, 36.5862