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Istanbul, Turkey

Obelisk of Theodosius

This remarkably well-preserved Egyptian plinth is pretty well traveled for a giant piece of stone.
Istanbul, Turkey

Tombs of the Sultans

Five sultans and their families rest in eternal splendor, teeming with overlooked beauty and drama.
Istanbul, Turkey

Piri Reis Map at Topkapi Palace

1513 Turkish world map, full of European state secrets and snarky commentary.
Istanbul, Turkey

Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul

A marvel of Byzantine engineering under the streets of Istanbul.
Austin, Texas

The Bottle House

Unusual house, in an unusual neighborhood, home to some very unusual peanuts.
Austin, Texas

Yippee Ki Yay Stickwork Sculptures

An exquisite grouping of structures made from 10 tons of invasive saplings.
Austin, Texas

Brain Collection at the University of Texas at Austin

A collection of 100 brains preserved in jars on the UT campus.
Austin, Texas

HOPE Outdoor Gallery

This failed condo development was reborn as a street art hub.
Marfa, Texas

The Sentinel

With print dying, this local paper keeps the lights on by doubling as a stunning cafe and cocktail bar.
Austin, Texas

Stone Windmill

This stone windmill marks an old, mysterious homestead in what is now central Austin.
San Antonio, Texas

San Fernando Cathedral City Centers

Conflicting markers on its floor tell a tale of two city centers in San Antonio.
Lampasas, Texas

World's Largest Spur

A spur fit for a giant sits just off Highway 281 in Texas.
Austin, Texas

Big Bertha Drum

Controversially claiming the title of world's biggest bass drum, UT's Big Bertha was once made radioactive by the Manhattan Project.
Austin, Texas

Treaty Oak

This massive oak tree has ties to the first native tribes of the region and the founders of Texas.
Marfa, Texas

Faith Alive Cowboy Church Radio Station

Not everything is bigger in Texas.
Austin, Texas

'Hi, How Are You' Mural

This simple frog painting created by musician Daniel Johnston embodies the spirit of Austin.
San Antonio, Texas

St. Thérèse of Lisieux Painting

A priceless work of art created by the saint's own blood sister hangs in a San Antonio basilica.
Big Bend National Park, Texas

Mariscal Mine

An abandoned mine where dreams of quicksilver trickled away over 75 years ago.
Austin, Texas

The Texas State Cemetery

A high-octane shrine to the greatest Texans who ever lived.
Fort Stockton, Texas

Paisano Pete

The second largest roadrunner in the world stands 11 feet tall in his West Texas town.
Austin, Texas

Larry Monroe Forever Bridge

To honor a beloved Austin radio DJ a neighborhood bridge has been covered in a loving mosaic.
Austin, Texas

Frost Bank Tower

Locals dubbed it the "Owl Building" because of its bird-like appearance.
Marfa, Texas

Building 98

A World War II officers' club features Old West murals painted by German POWs.
San Antonio, Texas

Alamo Line in the Sand

Legend has it the commander of the defenders drew a fateful line in the dirt with his sword just before the final battle.