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Mexico City, Mexico

Centro de Cultura Digital

Beneath the most controversial monument in Mexico City is a cultural center that exhibits only digital art.
Mexico City, Mexico

El Vilsito

By night, this auto repair shop turns into a taquería serving up some of the city's finest al pastor tacos.
Mexico City, Mexico

The Ex-Votos of Churubusco

These unusual paintings give thanks to the saints and deities who granted people favors and miracles.
Mexico City, Mexico

Pyramid of Cuicuilco

This ancient structure was built by a mysterious civilization that was largely destroyed by a volcanic eruption.
Mexico City, Mexico

Baths of Moctezuma

The ruins of the bathhouse used by the ill-fated last Aztec emperor still lie in Chapultepec Park.
Tlalnepantla, Mexico

Pyramids of Tenayuca

A barbarous band of serpents guard the bases of these Aztec temples.
Mexico City, Mexico

Palace of the Inquisition

This foreboding building was the headquarters of the terrifying Spanish Inquisition in Mexico.
Mexico City, Mexico

Monolith of Tlaloc

This colossal ancient sculpture of the monstrous Aztec rain god has a literally stormy history.
Mexico City, Mexico

Pyramids of Tlatelolco

These haunting ruins of a 700-year-old Prehispanic city have witnessed centuries of wars and massacres.
Mexico City, Mexico

UNAM Central Library

This incredible college library is a visual masterpiece of mosaic art. It also looks kind of like a giant boombox.
Mexico City, Mexico

UNAM Botanical Garden

These biodiverse university gardens form a green oasis amid the urban chaos of Mexico City.
Mexico City, Mexico

Desierto de los Leones (Desert of the Lions)

Explore the atmospheric ruins of an abandoned convent in the dense forests of Mexico's first national park.
Mexico City, Mexico

Cine Ópera

This crumbling Art Deco movie palace in Mexico City has been abandoned for two decades.
Mexico City, Mexico

Soumaya Museum

66,000 pieces of art, donated by one of the world's richest men.
Athens, Georgia

The Tree That Owns Itself

A white oak with property rights.
Brooklyn, New York

Cacao Prieto

Come for the sustainable organic chocolate, stay for the sustainable organic booze.
New York, New York

Albertine

Though its celestial ceiling is impressive, the true star is the vast collection of French books.
New York, New York

City Hall Station

A beautiful and abandoned New York subway station from 1904, complete with chandelier.
New York, New York

5 Beekman Street

This beautiful building in the heart of Manhattan's Financial District was empty for decades.
New York, New York

Explorers Club Headquarters

A treasure trove of artifacts, books, and artwork from the "golden age" of exploration.
Plouha, France

Dance of Death at Chapelle Kermaria an Iskuit

Medieval Danse Macabre Fresco in Northern Brittany.
Saint-Evroult-Notre-Dame-du-Bois, France

Ruins of Abbey of Saint-Evroul

This 1,400-year-old abbey was once a powerhouse for music and intellectualism known across Normandy.
Pirou, France

Pirou-Plage Ghost Village

An abandoned beach resort in Normandy reclaimed by artists.
Cricqueville-en-Bessin, France

Texas Marker at Pointe Du Hoc Bunker

The Lone Star plaque hangs in a bombed-out bunker in Normandy to honor a Texan colonel's heroic actions on D-Day.