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County Durham, England

Palace Green Library

This library dates back to the late 17th century and was one of the first public lending libraries in England.
Australia

Macquarie Island

One of the only places where Earth’s mantle lies above water.
Rome, Italy

Porto di Ripetta

An 18th century fountain and two columns are all that remains of Rome's forgotten river harbor.
San Juan Teotihuacan de Arista, Mexico

Palace Atetelco

This pre-Hispanic apartment complex also includes ancestral paintings that point to its military past.
Chapel-le-Dale, England

Ribblehead Viaduct

This incredible viaduct was part of the Victorian railway boom and helped the Midland Railway navigate tough terrain.
Taito City, Japan

Owaraji (Giant Straw Sandals)

An enormous pair of straw sandals woven in the traditional way, to keep demons at bay.
Niedzica-Zamek, Poland

Niedzica Castle

This picturesque castle in Poland has a rich history, including a legend that ties it to lost Incan treasures.
Enciso, Spain

Enciso Ichnites

Hundreds of preserved dinosaur footprints can be found along a hiking trail in this small village.
Bristol, England

The Llandoger Trow

A historic, reportedly haunted pub that provided inspiration for several famous adventure novels.
Gradac, Serbia

Gradac Monastery

This medieval monastery represents an architectural blend of eastern and western European culture.
Breznica, Serbia

Monastery Blagoveštenje Gornjačko

This outcropping was once home to a medieval monastery destroyed during the Ottoman conquest.
Kyoto, Japan

Rokuon-ji Temple

This 14th-century temple is also known as the "Temple of the Golden Pavilion" for its gorgeous gilded reliquary hall.
Yokosuka, Japan

Mikasa Memorial Warship

The last remaining predreadnought battleship in the world has been a museum for nearly a century.
Singapore

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

The largest monastery in Singapore is home to a crematorium, a college, and one of Asia’s largest indoor Buddha statues.
Tokyo, Japan

Irugi Shrine

A 17th-century Shinto shrine that is home to statues of Mickey Mouse and Pikachu.
Barcelona, Spain

Bellesguard

One of Antoni Gaudí's least-visited works, an homage to Catalan patrimony that mixes neo-Gothic with Modernista forms.
Yoshimi, Japan

The Hundred Caves of Yoshimi

This ancient burial site was once thought to be the home of a race distinctive to Ainu folklore.
Barcelona, Spain

Monasterio de Pedralbes

Occupied for six centuries by Franciscan Order nuns, this monastery is an amazing ode to Catalán Gothic architecture.
The Hague, Netherlands

Mauritstoren

The location of the world's first telescope demonstration.
Bradwell-on-Sea, England

Chapel of St. Peter on the Wall

Constructed during the 7th century this is one of the oldest largely intact Christian churches in England.
Kathmandu, Nepal

Ranibari Community Forest

This conservation area filled with colorful birds is the last community forest within the city of Kathmandu.
Pokhara, Nepal

International Mountain Museum

A museum with a window view of the Himalayas and an on-site climbing wall.
Natchez, Mississippi

Under-the-Hill Saloon

A 200-year-old bar is all that remains of one Mississippi River town's rough-and-tumble past.
Somerset, England

Vicars' Close

The oldest residential street in Europe also features an optical illusion.