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St. Helena Island, South Carolina

St. Helena Parish Chapel of Ease Ruins

The remains of a chapel created for convenience.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Fence

Once the most painted on object in the world, this short campus fence is well on its way to being so again.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Forbes Field Wall

A portion of the old Pirates stadium over which a defining home run once flew still stands even after the rest of the stadium was torn down.
New York, New York

The Oldest Fence in New York

Built hundreds of years ago this downtown iron barrier once protected a much despised king.
New York, New York

'The Sphere'

This sculpture by artist Fritz Keonig survived the 9/11 attacks and now stands as a monument to the victims.
Brooklyn, New York

Most Holy Trinity Cemetery

A burial ground of rusting metal grave markers.
Bilbo, Spain

Jeff Koons' Puppy

Giant topiary dog once played a role in a terrorist bomb plot.
Lugo, Spain

Roman Walls of Lugo

Remarkably intact Roman stone fortifications have encircled this Spanish city for centuries.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Giant Ants

Ant sculptures march up the side of what used to be an iconic spot in punk rock lore.
Mexico City, Mexico

Fuente de Tláloc

Diego Rivera's massive tiled fountain and failed infrastructure project.
Mexico City, Mexico

La Casa Azul

Frida Kahlo's childhood home, now a museum of her life and works.
New York, New York

Trinity Churchyard

This cemetery has graves dating back to the 17th century, including the city's oldest carved tombstone and an ominous cryptogram.
New York, New York

Frick Bowling Alley

Bowl in splendor, if you're lucky.
New York, New York

Strawberry Fields Memorial

This mosaic dedicated to John Lennon was tended for years by a Beatles super-fan.
Brooklyn, New York

Pratt's Steam Whistle Christmas

Steam out your ears for New Year's Eve.
Brooklyn, New York

Pratt Institute Engine Room

Haven for steampunks.
Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Sniff the Titan Arum's rotting flesh.
Toronto, Ontario

CN Tower Stairs

One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World holds the world's tallest metal staircase.
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Longwood Gardens

This palatial botanical garden is home to one of the largest pipe organs ever installed in a private residence, and a piece of Wood's cycad.
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg Cyclorama

A dramatic, 360-degree recreation of Pickett's Charge in the Civil War.
Cape May, New Jersey

Bunker At Cape May Point

World War II bunker still standing on the New Jersey beach.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Eastern State Penitentiary

World's first "penitentiary," meant to be humane, drove men insane.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

A layered tribute to the work of mosaicist Isaiah Zagar.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mütter Museum

America's most famous museum of medical oddities is home to the remains of Einstein's brain.