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Granada, Spain

Muslim Gravestones of the Alhambra

Spanish architects used seized Muslim gravestones to rebuild parts of the fortress.
Barcelona, Spain

Street Performers of Las Ramblas

The iconic boulevard is the perfect place to catch sight of a bicycling skeleton, a levitating Satan, or a chef with his head stuck in a pizza.
Seville, Spain

Metropol Parasol

The world's largest wooden structure.
Seville, Spain

Tomb of Christopher Columbus

The final resting place of the great navigator, or maybe his brother.
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batlló

One of Antoni Gaudí's most classic buildings is well-known for its "dragon-back" design.
Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Família

Construction of Barcelona's iconic (but controversial) church is expected to be completed in 2026—a century after the death of its architect.
Bucharest, Romania

Memorial of Rebirth

This memorial to the victims of the Romanian Revolution of 1989 is often compared to a potato on a skewer.
Bucharest, Romania

Arcul de Triumf

Romania's triumphal arch looks out over Bucharest.
Sighișoara, Romania

Towers of Sighișoara

Nine centuries-old fortresses guard the walls of this medieval Romanian city.
Brașov, Romania

Biserica Neagră (The Black Church)

A fire once nearly devoured this gorgeous 14th-century Gothic cathedral.
Bucharest, Romania

Palace of the Parliament

This communist behemoth is the heaviest building in the world and a legacy of a brutal regime.
Brașov, Romania

Transylvania's "Hollywood" Signs

The European towns of Brașov and Râșnov each have proud signs reminiscent of the Hollywood sign.
Bran, Romania

Bran Castle

The possible imprisonment of Vlad the Impaler here earned the medieval castle its nickname, "Dracula's Castle."
Săpânța, Romania

The Merry Cemetery

A small town Romanian cemetery filled with darkly humorous gravestones.
Belgrade, Serbia

Monument to the U.S. Bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade

A small memorial to a deadly night in Serbia that shook the world before it was swept under the rug.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hans Brinker Budget Hotel

Debatably clever, or just plain honest hotel advertised as "The Worst Hotel in the World."
Cambridge, England

Garret Hostel Bridge

Named after a lodging site that existed nearby, a bridge has existed at this location since 1455.
Koror, Palau

Jellyfish Lake

An isolated dive site teeming with cnidarians.
Moldova

'Welcome to Gagauzia' Sign

This sign marks the entrance to a tiny proto-state within the small country of Moldova.
Tiraspol, Moldova

Transnistria

A forgotten remnant of the Soviet Union, Transnistria is an unrecognized country hidden behind a heavily militarized border between Moldova and Ukraine.
Mexico City, Mexico

Mariposario Chapultepec (Chapultepec Butterfly Garden)

You can release a young butterfly at this beautiful indoor garden.
Mexico City, Mexico

Monumento a la Revolución

Many people don't realize there’s a lot going on inside—and below—the world’s tallest triumphal arch.
Mexico City, Mexico

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo House Studio Museum

The famous artist couple lived and worked here, in two different houses separated by a bridge.
Mexico City, Mexico

La Casa Azul

Frida Kahlo's childhood home, now a museum of her life and works.