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Asheville, North Carolina

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

An early life spent in this "Old Kentucky Home" inspired the writings of North Carolina's most famous novelist.
British Virgin Islands

Kodiak Queen

Divers can encounter an abandoned warship encircled by a giant kraken submerged in the British Virgin Islands.
London, England

Trellick Tower

This iconic high-rise residential block was one of the last to be built in the Brutalist style.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

National Textile Museum

An exploration of Malaysian heritage through the lens of traditional textiles.
Bristol, England

The Nails

17th-century merchants in Bristol nailed their deals by placing money on these pedestals.
Bath, England

Botanical Gardens of Bath

With lush plants and flowers, huge trees, ponds, and hidden monuments, this place feels a bit like discovering Narnia.
Seville, Spain

Tomb of Christopher Columbus

The final resting place of the great navigator, or maybe his brother.
Sanlúcar la Mayor, Spain

Solar Power Tower

Spain's stunning solar energy plant.
Seville, Spain

Metropol Parasol

The world's largest wooden structure.
Seville, Spain

Hospital de los Venerables

This former charity hospital for elderly clergy houses some of Seville’s most treasured paintings.
Lancashire, England

Preston Martyrs Memorial

A harrowing sculpture commemorates the four people shot down during the workers strike of 1842.
Oxford, England

The Saxon Tower at St. Michael at the North Gate

This 11th century tower is said to be the oldest building in Oxford.
Bari, Italy

Manna of St. Nicholas of Bari

A dead saint, a deadly poison, and a mysterious holy ooze.
Lecce, Italy

Roman Amphitheater of Lecce

A long-buried ancient ruin unearthed right in the middle of the city.
Bratton, England

Westbury White Horse

A giant white horse drawn on an English hillside may not have been intended to be a horse at all.
Salisbury, England

Medieval Clock at Salisbury Cathedral

Oldest working mechanical clock in the world.
Xuzhou, China

Western Han Dynasty Terracotta Warriors Museum

The tiny statues form China's only known terracotta army from the Han dynasty.
Shanghai, China

Shanghai French Concession

An out-of-place slice of France, smack in the middle of Shanghai.
London, England

Paddington Bear Statue

After nearly 60 years, there's still a bear at Paddington Station looking for help.
London, England

Natural History Museum of London

Eighty million natural history specimens call this gargantuan museum home.
Box, England

Box Tunnel Entrance

The designer of this railway tunnel added a birthday present for himself.
Blackpool, England

Comedy Carpet

A typographic tribute to the many comedic greats who make Great Britain laugh.
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv Roman Theater

This ancient theater, restored in the 20th century, lives on as a venue for dramatic and musical performances.
Bristol, England

Lollipop Be-Bop

A plaque claims this artwork outside a children's hospital was used in the 1998 Quidditch World Cup.