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Sheffield, England

The Lost Gateway

In the ancient Woolley Woods, an art project promises access to new worlds.
53.4309, -1.4264
Two seats in the form of boxing gloves with Brendan's advice between.
Sheffield, England

Brendan's Glove Garden

A fitting tribute to a beloved local boxing coach that's produced four world champions.
53.4204, -1.4190
The gatehouse.
Coventry, England

Remains of the Whitefriars Friary

The historic site where Queen Elizabeth I once gave a searing speech.
52.4050, -1.5050
Hall Hill Troughs.
Eyam, England

Hall Hill Troughs

One of the U.K's earliest public water supplies is within the "plague village."
53.2838, -1.6737
The Lost Caves.
Nottinghamshire, England

The Lost Caves

Hidden in a grotto 26 feet below Nottingham's oldest hotel, this stylish subterranean drinking den is notoriously hard to find.
52.9537, -1.1444
Brick supports hold the crumbly cave up.
Nottinghamshire, England

Bell Inn Caves

There's a labyrinth of medieval chambers hidden deep below a 15th-century pub.
52.9535, -1.1520
The arch.
Barlborough, England

Golden Gate Memorial Arch

This Victorian gate contains cryptic inscriptions in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew.
53.2904, -1.2879
Roche Abbey Ruins
Maltby, England

Roche Abbey Ruins

Legend has it the famous Robin Hood would attend mass at this 12th-century Cistercian abbey in Sherwood Forrest.
53.4028, -1.1822
Whiston Manorial Barn
Whiston, England

Whiston Manorial Barn

In England, a barn-turned-wedding venue dates back to the 13th century.
53.4054, -1.3285
Spinnaker Tower
Portsmouth, England

Spinnaker Tower

This striking observation tower shaped like a spinnaker sail is the newest icon in historic Portsmouth.
50.7956, -1.1085
The Eagle Theatre.
Sacramento, California

Eagle Theatre

A replica of the first public theater built in California.
38.5841, -121.5050
Porta Nuova
Palermo, Italy

Porta Nuova

This triumphal 16th-century arched gateway leads to the oldest street in Palermo.
38.1122, 13.3527
Three levels of shopping stacked on top of one another, built above the world's largest underground aquarium, and centered around a full-blown indoor amusement park.
Bloomington, Minnesota

The Mall of America

Equal parts record-breaking temple to consumerism and bizarre fun park, it's more then you think it is...
44.8550, -93.2421
Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory

One of the world's premier laboratories for hydraulic engineering research takes full advantage of the water's power.
44.9821, -93.2548
Marvelous temple ruins.
Calatafimi, Italy

Temple of Segesta

This amazingly preserved Doric temple was abandoned before it was ever completed.
37.9414, 12.8325
Ancient walls.
Erice, Italy

Phoenician Walls of Erice

Tourists to the mountaintop Sicilian town often overlook its ancient fortifications.
38.0382, 12.5871
The Arabic inscription, which contains a verse from the Quran.
Palermo, Italy

Arabic Inscription of Palermo Cathedral

Why a column on the entrance is inscribed with a verse from the Quran is one of Sicily's many mysteries.
38.1144, 13.3560
Palermo, Italy

Capuchin Monastery Catacombs

Catacombs with thousands of well-dressed mummies.
38.1119, 13.3392
The Jewish deportations memorial at platform 16.
Florence, Italy

Platform 16 Holocaust Deportation Memorials

Memorials at a Florence railway station remember the citizens who were deported from Italy and sent to extermination camps.
43.7763, 11.2485
Restored furnace top allows visitors to look down into the structure.
Moira, England

Moira Furnace

This early 19th-century blast furnace only survived because it was a financial and technical failure.
52.7330, -1.5359
The balcony.
Rome, Italy

Mussolini's Balcony

The spot where the fascist dictator made some of his most famous speeches including declaring war on Britain and France.
41.8963, 12.4808
The pillar.
Selfoss, Iceland

Öndvegissúlur

A replica of the decorated wooden pillars Viking sailors threw overboard when finding new places to establish a settlement.
63.9383, -21.0049
Hahn/Cock at the Walker Art Center.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hahn/Cock

One of two giant blue cockerel statues erected with an intentional double meaning.
44.9685, -93.2892
An ariel view of Lake Travis
Austin, Texas

The Sometimes Islands

Some islands... they come, they go, especially on Lake Travis.
30.4019, -97.8915