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Berlin, Germany

'Molecule Men'

This monumental work of art symbolizes the coming together of a previously divided city.
Berlin, Germany

The Bendlerblock

After a nearly successful attempt on Hitler's life, the conspirators met their fate in the courtyard of this Berlin building.
Glasgow, Scotland

Nelson Monument Glasgow

One of the first monuments dedicated to the accomplishments of the great Vice Admiral, Horatio Nelson.
Glasgow, Scotland

Doulton Fountain

The largest terracotta fountain in the world, built to commemorate Britain’s Victorian achievements.
Krásno, Czechia

Spiral Tower of Krásno

A spiral staircase twists to the top of this unusual Czech lookout tower.
Basel, Switzerland

Tinguely Fountain

This artistic fountain display pays homage to this area's theatrical history.
Caserta, Italy

Peschiera Grande

Nobles would stage mock naval battles on this large lake at the Royal Palace of Caserta.
Terracina, Italy

Temple of Jupiter Anxur

A Roman temple perched over an Italian town, forgotten several times over.
Bagni San Filippo, Italy

Fosso Bianco

Nestled in the hills of Tuscany are gorgeous, multicolored hot springs.
Soriano nel Cimino, Italy

Santa Cecilia Necropolis

A fascinating assortment of cave dwellings, medieval ruins, and sarcophagi are being devoured by the forest.
Soriano nel Cimino, Italy

Etruscan Pyramid of Bomarzo

This ancient altar emerges from the thick forests to reveal the mysteries of Etruscan sacrificial rituals.
Bomarzo, Italy

The Monsters of Bomarzo

A 16th-century horror show built in a lovely Italian garden.
Santa Venere, Italy

Temple of Hera II

Also known as the Temple of Poseidon, this is one of the best-preserved Greek temples in the world.
Sabaudia, Italy

Sabaudia

A town saturated in Italian rationalist architecture was once marshland drained by Mussolini.
Castellammare di Stabia, Italy

Villa San Marco

For centuries, this large Roman villa remained hidden thanks to the eruption that buried nearby Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Lucca, Italy

Piazza dell'Anfiteatro

This bustling Italian plaza is built on the ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheater.
Pompeii, Italy

Plaster Citizens of Pompeii

The last moments of the ill-fated Pompeiians, frozen forever in plaster.
Pompeii, Italy

The Brothels of Pompeii

Erotic art covers the walls of the largest ancient pleasure palace.
Paestum, Italy

Sacello Ipogeico

The only visible remains of this ancient Greek underground temple is its roof protruding from the earth.
Matera, Italy

Chiesa del Purgatorio

Skulls and skeletons are omnipresent in this church dedicated to souls trapped in purgatory.
Matera, Italy

Sassi di Matera

People have been living in the cave houses on this Italian hillside since the Neolithic era.
Nardò, Italy

Monteruga Ghost Town

A fascist-era rural village abandoned since the early 1980s.
Lecce, Italy

Vincent City

An eccentric artist's abode in this small Italian town has been transformed into a surreal temple of mosaic madness.
Matera, Italy

La Palomba

An abandoned quarry hides an open-air gallery of huge sculptures, some made from the rubble of 9/11.