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Shanghai, China

Oriental Pearl Tower

The once highest point in China blends symbolic design with a kick of adrenaline.
Beijing, China

Great Wall of China Slide

Why walk on this historical site when you can zoom down instead?
Beijing, China

The Forbidden City

The most famous location in China was home to whole dynasties worth of imperial rulers.
London, England

The Tower Ravens

Six ravens are kept captive (but well-fed) at the Tower of London to prevent the fall of the Crown.
London, England

Traitors' Gate

The watery entrance for condemned prisoners heading to the Tower of London is still visible along the Thames.
London, England

Two Princes Staircase

Richard III supposedly disposed of his nephews' bodies here in an effort to seal his claim to the throne.
Paris, France

Paris Padlocks of Love

The celebrated eyesore created by starry-eyed sweethearts.
Paris, France

Paris Point Zero

The very center of Paris is surrounded by a bevy of strange good luck rituals.
Paris, France

La Conciergerie

This former “ante-chamber to the guillotine” has been refurbished to illustrate the brutal history of French justice.
Paris, France

The Sausage Stained Glass of the Eglise Saint Eustache

With a history of slaughter, feast, and famine, remnants of the pork industry decorate this area--even its church.
London, England

Speakers' Corner

London's last remaining public soapbox site has seen speeches from Karl Marx, Vladmir Lenin, and George Orwell.
Barcelona, Spain

Street Performers of Las Ramblas

The iconic boulevard is the perfect place to catch sight of a bicycling skeleton, a levitating Satan, or a chef with his head stuck in a pizza.
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batlló

One of Antoni Gaudi's most classic buildings is well-known for its "dragon-back" design.
Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Família

Construction of Barcelona's iconic (but controversial) church is expected to be completed in 2026—a century after the death of its architect.
Salamanca, Spain

Cathedral of Salamanca's Astronaut

The Cathedral of Salamanca has a number of unusual carvings but none so surprising as a modern astronaut.
Geneva, Switzerland

Treille Promenade

Arguably the longest wooden bench in the world snakes around Geneva's Treille Promenade.
Geneva, Switzerland

CERN

Large Hadron Collider and the Birthplace of World Wide Web.
Lyon, France

The Flower Tree

A colorful piece of contemporary art cheerfully clashes with Lyon's historical architecture.
Lyon, France

Ancient Roman Theaters of Lyon

Lyon, France is home to two remarkably preserved Roman theaters, one dating back to 15 BCE.
Rome, Italy

Lacus Curtius

A mysterious chasm in the heart of the ancient Roman Forum, the Lacus Curtius was once believed to be a gateway to hell.
Teboursouk, Tunisia

Dougga

The best preserved Roman small town in North Africa.
Nafplio, Greece

Bourtzi

This 15th-century island fortress later served as home to the executioners no one wanted to live near.
Argolis, Greece

Mycenae

This legendary city has been a tourist attraction for centuries.
Greece

The Oracle of Delphi

The hallucinogenic center of the ancient world.