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Paris, France

Foucault's Pendulum and the Paris Pantheon

19th century pendulum and a clock restored by a rogue group of guerilla artists.
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Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.
Beijing, China

Chairman Mao Memorial Hall

The embalmed remains of the communist leader lie within a custom crystal coffin.
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The Peacock Room.
Washington, D.C.

Peacock Room

This stunning blue and gold room changed cities twice before becoming part of the Smithsonian.
38.8880, -77.0264
Florence, Italy

Bronze Replica of Michelangelo’s David

A copy of the famous statue can be found in this Florence piazza, along with one of the most breathtaking views of the city below.
43.7623, 11.2652
Dante's Church.
Florence, Italy

Santa Margherita de' Cerchi

Some say this medieval church is where the poet Dante married his wife and also met the love of his life.
43.7713, 11.2572
Allegorical figures for the Demidoff monument, Gipsoteca Bartolini.
Florence, Italy

Gipsoteca Bartolini

A slightly creepy gallery of plaster cast models in the same museum as Michelangelo's David.
43.7768, 11.2591
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
Apothecary jars in main room
Florence, Italy

Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy

The oldest operating pharmacy in the world features 800-year-old recipes.
43.7736, 11.2484
Galileo's Middle Finger
Florence, Italy

Galileo's Middle Finger

The middle finger of modernity.
43.7677, 11.2559
The Finestrella sul Canale (Canal Window)
Bologna, Italy

Finestrella di Via Piella

A small window on Via Piella offers a lovely and rare peek at Bologna's lost canals.
44.4986, 11.3452
Dante's Tomb, Ravenna
Ravenna, Italy

Dante's Tomb

Italian poet Dante Alighieri, is entombed in this small mausoleum in Ravenna, and his hometown of Florence has never been too happy about it.
44.4164, 12.2008
Flooded Crypt of San Francesco
Ravenna, Italy

Flooded Crypt of San Francesco

Filled with goldfish swimming in a shallow pool of sea water, this ancient crypt is more wishing well than burial site.
44.4158, 12.2005
The site of the second defenestration of Prague.
Prague, Czechia

Defenestration of Prague Window

The palace window through which Protestant nobles flung two Catholic regents, thus sparking the Thirty Years' War.
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Obelisk of Theodosius
Istanbul, Turkey

Obelisk of Theodosius

This remarkably well-preserved Egyptian plinth is pretty well traveled for a giant piece of stone.
41.0059, 28.9754
Interior details.
Porto, Portugal

Igreja de São Francisco

The stunning interior of this Gothic church is covered in ornate gold details.
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Oslo opera house, front.
Oslo, Norway

Oslo Opera House

The design of this beautifully crafted building was inspired by Norwegian glaciers.
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The Little Mermaid
Copenhagen, Denmark

The Little Mermaid

The de facto symbol of Copenhagen is this bronze fairytale which cannot seem to keep its head for very long.
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Tivoli carousel.
Copenhagen, Denmark

Tivoli Gardens

Copenhagen's celebrated theme park and gardens.
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Strasbourg Astronomical Clock
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg Astronomical Clock

There has been an astronomical clock on this spot since the 14th century.
48.5819, 7.7507
Roald Amundsens statue in the morning fog, Tromsø
Tromsø, Norway

Roald Amundsen Monument

The great polar explorer is remembered in this far north Norwegian town, where he embarked on his final expedition.
69.6481, 18.9589
Ishavskatedralen
Tromsø, Norway

Arctic Cathedral (Ishavskatedralen)

This functioning parish church is also the site of many concert performances due to its wonderful acoustics.
69.6480, 18.9875
Century-old rats
Paris, France

Julien Aurouze and Co.

A Parisian exterminator's shop whose storefront displays stuffed rats hanging from traps.
48.8598, 2.3467
Paris, France

Père Lachaise Cemetery

France's most famous cemetery, with some of its most curious tombs.
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Saint Victoria's Incorruptible Body.
Rome, Italy

Saint Victoria's Incorruptible Body

The martyr's wax-enhanced skeletal remains lie preserved in a glass case in the Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome.
41.9047, 12.4944