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Saintly Weepers, possibly six of the Apostles
Ireland

Jerpoint Abbey

This ancient Irish religious site is covered in ancient carvings, many of which have barely aged
52.5109, -7.1580
The Iron Bridge
Ironbridge, England

The Iron Bridge

This bridge is the first to be made entirely from iron, but designed like it was still made of wood
52.6272, -2.4855
Worshippers visiting the basilica.
Lourdes, France

Basilica of St. Pius X

Beneath the city of Lourdes, France is a massive, concrete church
43.0967, -0.0461
London, England

Tipu's Tiger

A delightful crank-operated pipe organ depicts a tiger calmly devouring a hapless colonial
51.4971, -0.1728
London, England

Sir John Soane's Museum

A cluttered and astounding collection of ethnographic items
51.5168, -0.1176
Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond as seen from the grounds of Ross Priory. (Margaret MacGillivray/Atlas Obscura)
West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Loch Lomond

Largest lake in Great Britain measured by surface area
56.0453, -4.5356
Old Calton Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland

Old Calton Cemetery

A 18th century graveyard and its astonishing cortege of macabre iconography
55.9541, -3.1858
Eaglehawk Neck, Australia

Eaglehawk Neck Tessellated Pavement

Extraordinary geology resembles man made pavement
-43.0143, 147.9247
Port Arthur Penitentiary
Port Arthur, Australia

Port Arthur Penal Colony

Relics of Australia's convict past, and a modern scene of unimaginable horror
-43.1471, 147.8426
Gallorus Oratory
Ireland

Gallarus Oratory

This single room has survived the centuries with almost no deterioration
52.1728, -10.3493
Stones and Henge, respectively.
England

Stonehenge World Heritage Site

Famously misunderstood wonder of the ancient world
51.1797, -1.8265
Little Moreton Hall from the outside
Congleton, England

Little Moreton Hall

This logic-defying 16th-century Tudor manor still stands to the delight and astonishment of onlookers
53.1629, -2.2189
Vienna, Austria

Naturhistorisches Museum

Beautiful Austrian natural history museum with carved ceilings and row after row of ancient taxidermy
48.2057, 16.3606
The library lobby
Vienna, Austria

Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Austrian National Library)

The beautiful baroque library of the Hapsburg empire.
48.2060, 16.3673
La Tete Carrée Library
Nice, France

La Tete Carrée Library

This massive blockhead sculpture hides an entire library
43.7030, 7.2791
Big Gold Panner in Bathurst, Australia. (Wikimedia Commons)
West Bathurst, Australia

Big Gold Panner

Hopefully inspecting his tin pan for little nuggets of gold
-33.4167, 149.5667
Big Golden Guitar in Tamworth, Australia.
Hillvue, Australia

Big Golden Guitar

Monument that stands 40 feet and weighs 1,000 pounds
-31.1298, 150.9208
Big Merino in Goulburn, Australia. (Wikimedia Commons)
Goulburn, Australia

Big Merino

Three-story concrete ram with a permanent gift shop
-34.7737, 149.6914
The Big Banana in Coffs Harbour. (Wikimedia Commons)
Coffs Harbour, Australia

Big Banana

One of the first big sculptures anywhere in Australia
-30.2747, 153.1339
Big Miner's Lamp in Lithgow, Australia. (Wikimedia Commons)
Bowenfels, Australia

Big Miner's Lamp

Giant lamp houses the tourism information center
-33.4780, 150.1357
Bronte, Australia

Waverley Cemetery

A self-funded cemetery with a long list of inhabitants
-33.9073, 151.2642
Royal Botanic Gardens
Sydney, Australia

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Come for the flowers, stay for the bats!
-33.8646, 151.2198
Millers Point, Australia

Sydney Observatory

This historic observatory contains the world's oldest refracting lens telescope
-33.8588, 151.2052
Taxidermied Phar Lap
Carlton, Australia

Phar Lap

Taxidermy of the racing horse with a huge heart, who inspired hope in the Depression
-37.8034, 144.9721