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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
Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum
Paola, Malta

Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum

This subterranean necropolis holds three floors of antler-dug grave caves.
35.8701, 14.5068
Qrendi, Malta

Mnajdra

Stone Age solar temple is aligned with the sun on each equinox and solstice.
35.8268, 14.4364
The magnificent temple at night.
Singapore

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

This $62 million dollar temple was erected to house one little dental fragment of religious history.
1.2815, 103.8443
The Temple of Dionysos, Delos
Mikonos, Greece

The Temple of Dionysos

Giant marble phalluses on the sacred island of antiquity.
37.3999, 25.2669
Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath Monkey Temple

Sacred Buddhist home of some spiritual monkeys.
27.7152, 85.2899
Boudhanath Stupa
Kathmandu, Nepal

Boudhanath Stupa

One of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world keeps an eye out in every direction.
27.7215, 85.3620
Stained glass panels from the rear of the nave in Christ Church, Anglican in Jerusalem's Old City. Note the emphasis on Jewish symbolism and imagery. (ian-w-scott/Flickr)
East Jerusalem, West Bank

Christ Church in Jerusalem

Oldest Protestant church in the Middle East, designed to resemble a synagogue.
31.8659, 35.2179
Mussenden Temple
Coleraine, Northern Ireland

Mussenden Temple

This Italian-style temple replica has been threatening to fall off the Irish coast for hundreds of years.
55.1680, -6.8060
Exterior of the Old New Synagogue.
Prague, Czechia

Old New Synagogue

Synagogue built from the stones of Solomon's temple contains the golem of Prague.
50.0901, 14.4186
Rome, Italy

Basilica di San Clemente

A Nesting Doll of Churches.
41.8899, 12.4974
Ancient Agora, Athens
Athens, Greece

The Athenian Agora

This ancient Greek place of assembly and marketplace is being revealed layer by layer below the modern Athens cityscape.
37.9758, 23.7247
A gang of monkeys relax near the temple. (robertbrauneis/Flickr)
Jaipur, India

Hanuman’s Temple

Sacred Indian temple that’s all monkey business.
26.9168, 75.8589
Montmartre cemetery
Paris, France

Montmartre Cemetery

A horde of stray cats rule in this secluded Parisian cemetery under a bridge.
48.8859, 2.3319
George Mackenzie's Mausoleum
Edinburgh, Scotland

George Mackenzie's Mausoleum

The tomb of one of Scotland's bloody historic villains is a magnet for bumbling desecrators.
55.9467, -3.1914
Oslo, Norway

Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum

An artist's mausoleum with a haunting echo.
59.9474, 10.6928
A view of Lenin.
Moscow, Russia

Lenin's Mausoleum

Embalmed remains of the leader of the Bolshevik Revolution.
55.7532, 37.6215
Rio de Janeiro Cathedral
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro Cathedral

This massive Brazilian church is built like an angular, technicolor pyramid left by Mayans from the future.
-22.9107, -43.1808
The highly textured Qenqo Temple
Cusco, Peru

Qenqo Temple

Death rituals and sacrifice inside a Peruvian megalith.
-13.5182, -72.0041
Monolith with knife bas relief.
Arsi, Ethiopia

Tiya Stelae

Ethiopian standing stones featuring remarkably preserved carvings of swords and people.
7.5845, 39.4107
The three massive stones resting on the tomb.
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilmogue Portal Tomb

Huge standing stones mark a site of megalithic mystery.
52.4057, -7.2781
Aksum, Ethiopia

Obelisk of Axum

Massive stele returned to Ethiopia after 70 years in Rome.
14.1318, 38.7141
The ruins of Knossos.
Heraklion, Greece

Knossos

A minotaur, a labyrinth, and a dubious restoration pull in visitors from around the world.
35.2980, 25.1630
Denizli, Turkey

Pamukkale Water Terraces

Roman ruins top white travertine terraces formed by ancient hot springs.
37.7735, 29.0865