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Gjirokaster, Albania

Zekate House

This beautifully preserved Ottoman house is steeped in history.
Mauritania

Monument to the Battle of Oum Tounsi

Initially meant to immortalize the valor of the colonizer, this monument is now a symbol of Mauritanian resistance.
Bergamo, Italy

Tomb of Enrico Rastelli

A genius of the art of juggling is buried here.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Choijin Lama Monastery

The monastery survived the Communist revolution in Mongolia as a religious museum.
Sonico, Italy

Torre Federici

A family accused of witchcraft once called this medieval tower home.
Gandino, Italy

Museo della Basilica di Gandino

This museum is home to 22 panes depicting skeletons dressed in colorful garments.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

'The Constellation'

This massive piece of artwork weighs more than 250 tons, and was designed as a tribute to the first president of the United Arab Emirates.
Melendugno, Italy

Torre Sant'Andrea

Dramatic sea stacks adorn the coast of this small village on the Adriatic coast.
Lecce, Italy

Grotta Zinzulusa

Wander through the Corridor of Wonders in these stunning limestone caverns.
Brusio, Switzerland

Brusio Spiral Viaduct

This work of engineering is imbued with elegance and ingeniousness.
Luang Prabang, Laos

Bamboo Bridges of Luang Prabang

These bamboo and rope bridges cross the Nam Khan River for six months every year.
Rijal Alma, Saudi Arabia

Rijal Alma

A 900-year-old village located in the highland of the Asir region that features historic architecture.
Doha, Qatar

Souq Waqif Falcon Hospital

A state-of-the-art medical facility dedicated to treating beloved birds of prey.
Zvërnec, Albania

St. Mary’s Monastery

One of 200 religious buildings recognized as a “culture monument.” 
Edinburgh, Scotland

Cannonball House

This cannonball embedded in the side of an Edinburgh house once served a surprisingly pedestrian purpose.
London, England

Benjamin Franklin House

One of America's founding fathers lived in this London lodging between 1757 and 1775.
Chur, Switzerland

Church of St. Luzi Crypt

The remains of St. Lucius of Chur were said to be kept in this crypt for several centuries.
Gordola, Switzerland

Verzasca Dam

If James Bond bungee-jumped off the side of a 720-foot dam, would you do it too?
Vaduz, Liechtenstein

The Prince of Liechtenstein's Vineyard and Wine Cellar

In one of the world's smallest countries, a royal's personal winery is open to the public.
Sevelen, Switzerland

Alte Rheinbrücke (Old Rhine Bridge)

The oldest surviving wooden bridge over Rhine lets travelers cross easily from Switzerland to Liechtensten.
Surses, Switzerland

Juliertheatre

A tower-like theater in the Swiss Alps built to withstand the high winds and avalanches of the mountain pass.
Como, Italy

Tempio Voltiano

Old batteries and frog skeletons reside in this lakeside monument to Alessandro Volta.
Como, Italy

Scala del Paradiso

This trail was once used to smuggle cigarettes, sugar, and other black market goods between Italy and Switzerland.
Tetovo, North Macedonia

Xhamia e Larme

Artists made this mosque into a marvel of Ottoman baroque architecture.