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Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Elfreth's Alley

This charming colonial pathway is the oldest continuously used residential street in the U.S.
39.9528, -75.1424
Chicago, Illinois

World Artifacts on the Tribune Tower Walls

Fragments of architectural wonders from around the globe are embedded in the newspaper building's walls.
41.8904, -87.6237
The lamps shine along Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California

Urban Light

Scores of vintage street lamps shine along L.A.’s Miracle Mile.
34.0628, -118.3594
Neverbust Chain
Columbia, South Carolina

Neverbust Chain

This titanic steel chain linking two buildings was installed without permission but instantly beloved.
34.0056, -81.0350
Busted Plug Plaza
Columbia, South Carolina

Busted Plug Plaza

The world's largest fire hydrant is supposedly tornado-proof.
34.0075, -81.0327
Tunnelvision
Columbia, South Carolina

Tunnelvision

This psychedelic tromp l'oeil seems to be beckoning drivers to crash into a wall.
34.0072, -81.0325
Tucson, Arizona

Cherrybell Stravenue

A rare wayfinding portmanteau of “Street” and “Avenue.”
32.2034, -110.9461
The Hole of the Sorrows
Clare, Ireland

The Hole of the Sorrows

This singular Irish dolmen is more Frank Lloyd Wright than upright stonehenge.
53.0376, -9.0760
Pittaki Street.
Athens, Greece

Pittaki Street

150 or so scrounged-up lamps, chandeliers, and lanterns light up this alley in central Athens.
37.9771, 23.7248
You'll never unsee it now.
Washington, Washington, D.C.

Washington Monument Marble Stripe

Look closely and you’ll notice that the color changes a third of the way up the tower.
38.8903, -77.0332
Looking out onto la Civita, the city center, from an ancient grotto in Sassi di Matera.
Matera, Italy

Sassi di Matera

People have been living in the cave houses on this Italian hillside since the Neolithic era.
40.6658, 16.6117
West Side Market
Cleveland, Ohio

West Side Market

This spectacular public market has got meat, fish, vegetables, flowers, and enough kielbasa for a lifetime.
41.4847, -81.7031
Cloaca Maxima's outfall is near the Ponte Rotto bridge.
Rome, Italy

Cloaca Maxima

The "Greatest Sewer" of ancient Rome is one of the oldest sewer systems in the world, and is still in use.
41.8889, 12.4803
Statue of Sveta Sofia
Sofia, Bulgaria

Statue of Sveta Sofia

"Holy Wisdom" overlooks the city that became its namesake.
42.6978, 23.3215
The Largo Party House.
Sofia, Bulgaria

The Largo

Sofia's legislative center is continuously reinventing itself.
42.6976, 23.3250
Saint Ubaldo
Gubbio, Italy

Basilica of the Mummified Saint Ubaldo

The venerated body of a 12th century saint is celebrated each year with the 'Race of the Candles.'
43.3528, 12.5814
Mortsafe at Greyfriars Cemetery
Edinburgh, Scotland

Greyfriars Cemetery Mortsafes

Protecting the dead from opportunistic body snatchers.
55.9469, -3.1928
George Mackenzie's Mausoleum
Edinburgh, Scotland

George Mackenzie's Mausoleum

The tomb of one of Scotland's bloody historic villains is a magnet for bumbling desecrators.
55.9467, -3.1914
Specimens
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow Hunterian Museum

200 year old collection of oddities and medical paraphernalia.
55.8717, -4.2880
The highlandman's umbrella.
Glasgow, Scotland

The Highlandman's Umbrella

Displaced highlanders would take shelter from the wet Scottish climate under the large walled bridge at Glasgow Central Station.
55.8591, -4.2581
Highland, Scotland

Fairy Glen

This dramatic landscape hidden on the Isle of Skye looks as though you've stepped into the magical realm.
57.5826, -6.3253
Rome, Italy

The Head of St. John the Baptist at San Silvestro in Capite

One of four skulls claiming to belong to the beheaded St. John the Baptist is on display at this Roman church.
41.9021, 12.4811
Zuccari Palace
Roma, Italy

Zuccari Palace

Architectural monsters are devouring this palace's every door and window.
41.9051, 12.4844
Crypt of the Three Skeletons
Rome, Italy

Santa Maria della Concezione Crypts

The crypts of Capuchin friars decorated with the bones of over 4,000 friars, including an entire "crypt of pelvises."
41.9047, 12.4882