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Vienna, Austria

Globe Museum

Handsomely crafted representations of our round planet.
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Vienna, Austria

Habsburg Imperial Crypt

Final resting place for the remains of 143 Hapsburg royalty.
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Vienna, Austria

Stephansdom Crypt

The crypt of the imposing Stephensdom holds royal intestines and thousands of skeletons.
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The library lobby
Vienna, Austria

Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Austrian National Library)

The beautiful baroque library of the Hapsburg empire.
48.2060, 16.3673
Twinings tea shop on the Strand.
London, England

Twinings Tea Shop

A 300-year-old tea shop that brought tea to the English people, not to mention the Queen herself.
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The long view of Cooper's Row
London, England

London Wall

Scattered throughout London are ancient remnants of the city's former bounding wall.
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London, England

London's Original and All-Inspiring Coffee House

The site of London's first coffee house has been serving refreshments of one kind or another for 360 years.
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The Old Curiosity Shop
London, England

The Old Curiosity Shop

The quaint little store that is said to have inspired a famous Dickens novel was only given its name after the book was released.
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London, England

Temple Church

An unusual round church in London with a Templar past.
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Liverpool, England

William MacKenzie's Tomb

Pyramid shaped monument with a tall tale attached.
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Euganean Hills
Cinto Euganeo, Italy

Euganean Hills

A sudden, striking cluster of hills south of Padua has been attracting visitors for centuries.
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View from across Piazza San Marco.
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Clock Tower - Torre dell'Orologio

Go inside to really appreciate this 500-year-old technological masterpiece.
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Monselice, Italy

Church of San Giorgio

This Italian church is as beautiful as it is common, except for the real skulls decorating the many mannequins inside.
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The Old McGraw-Hill Building
New York, New York

The Old McGraw-Hill Building

Captain America, Sub-Mariner, and the Human Torch were all born in this art deco Manhattan masterpiece.
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The strange creature on the Duomo portal
Milan, Italy

Milan's Duomo "Dinosaur"

Milan's duomo is covered in beautiful carving including a curious "dinosaur-like" beast.
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View from the main axis.
Milan, Italy

Santa Maria presso San Satiro

Small on the outside, big on the inside, this church is an astonishing act of visual deception.
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Junípero Serra Statue
Hillsborough, California

Junípero Serra Statue

This controversial depiction of the "Founder of California" looks as though it was sculpted from mashed potatoes.
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The Daily News Building Globe
New York, New York

The Daily News Building Globe

Spinning silently in the lobby of an Art Deco masterwork is a massive vintage model of the Earth.
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(Flickr/fidelramos)
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oude Kerk

Amsterdam's oldest church, and the center of Dutch prostitution.
52.3744, 4.8980
Florence, Italy

Fresco of John Hawkwood

In Florence's great Duomo, a 26 foot fresco honors a mercenary famous for attacking Florence.
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Il Porcellino
Florence, Italy

Il Porcellino

This bronze boar's snout has been rubbed to a golden sheen by visitors seeking good fortune.
43.7699, 11.2542
New York, New York

Model Ship Collection at the South Street Seaport Museum

Set sail on a small scale.
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Dresden, Germany

Kunsthofpassage Singing Drain Pipes

When the rain falls, this drain system turns into a musical instrument.
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Dresden Frauenkirche
Dresden, Germany

Dresden Frauenkirche

This Dresden church was purposely rebuilt Protestant after being demolished in World War II.
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