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Hauterives, France

Le Palais Idéal

This whimsical castle of grottoes was the labor of love of a French postman, and one of the greatest achievements of outsider architecture.
45.2556, 5.0260
Stromboli, Italy

Stromboli Island

A volcanic old faithful, Stromboli has been erupting continuously for the last 2000 years.
38.7869, 15.2131
La Zisa
Palermo, Italy

La Zisa

This Arabesque Italian castle was built with a primitive, if ingenious, air-conditioning system.
38.1169, 13.3411
The Santuario Facade on Monte Pellegrino. (Creative Commons)
Palermo, Italy

Santuario di Santa Rosalia

Cave shrine on Monte Pellegrino.
38.1601, 13.3536
The apse with the Christ Pantocrator.
Palermo, Italy

Cappella Palatina

Every inch of this chapel is covered in craftsmanship from across the world.
38.1106, 13.3535
Bagheria, Italy

Villa Palagonia

A collection of grotesques lines the walls of this Italian villa.
38.0790, 13.5122
Panorama of Scala dei Turchi
Realmonte, Italy

Scala dei Turchi

"Stairs of the Turks", a chalky white cliff eroded conveniently into stairs, allowing for easy pillaging.
37.2931, 13.4712
From the outside, Danielle Jacqui's house stands out from her neighbors.
Roquevaire, France

Maison de celle-qui-peint

Artist Danielle Jacqui decorates nearly every inch of her home inside and out with her work.
43.3280, 5.5977
Palermo, Italy

Capuchin Monastery Catacombs

Catacombs with thousands of well-dressed mummies.
38.1119, 13.3392
Neuvy-Deux-Clochers, France

Jean Linard's Sculpture Garden

A garden of massive sculptures sits in Jean Lindard's backyard.
47.2779, 2.6989
Saint-Georges-des-Sept-Voies, France

Helice Terrestre Trogolodyte Tunnels

Beautiful carved tunnels.
47.3503, -0.3156
The Monsters of Bomarzo
Bomarzo, Italy

The Monsters of Bomarzo

A 16th-century horror show built in a lovely Italian garden.
42.4871, 12.2504
Sciacca, Italy

Il Castello Incantato

A madman's personal garden filled with 1,000 sculpted heads.
37.5057, 13.0805
Chartres, France

La Maison Picassiette

A mosaic-tiled house built by graveyard sweeper Raymond Isidore.
48.4417, 1.5066
Cossé-le-Vivien, France

Musee Robert Tatin

A self-built mosaic house and sculpture park.
47.9393, -0.9029
(Flickr/Bebulaki)
Paris, France

I Love You Wall

Paris' linguistic guide to the international language of, yes, love.
48.8847, 2.3388
The front of the tower
Bassenge, Belgium

Tower of Eben-Ezer

A Belgian self-built tower inspired by the bible and ancient civilizations.
50.7945, 5.6666
Messina, Italy

The House of Cavaliere

An eccentric home in Sicily turns heads on a regular basis.
38.1739, 15.5517
Jacques Noël
Paris, France

Un Regard Moderne Bookstore

A counter-culture bookstore like no other hides in plain sight in the streets of Paris.
48.8536, 2.3425
Locks on the Pont des Arts
Paris, France

Paris Padlocks of Love

The celebrated eyesore created by starry-eyed sweethearts.
48.8578, 2.3374
59 Rivoli in 2005.
Paris, France

59 Rivoli

Notorious artist squat renovated into legal studios.
48.8592, 2.3458
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