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Alnwick Castle - Northumberland
Alnwick, England

Alnwick Castle

This iconic 1,000-year-old medieval castle is a favorite of the film industry, most notably as the location for Hogwarts in Harry Potter.
55.4156, -1.7059
Manueline church.
Tomar, Portugal

Convento de Cristo

The medieval castle built as headquarters for the Pope's secretive Knights Templar.
39.6038, -8.4209
The inscription from a 1375 John Barbour poem translates to, "A noble heart can know no ease without freedom."
Melrose, Scotland

Robert the Bruce's Heart

The heart of a Scottish legend had a centuries-long journey before reaching its final resting place.
55.5991, -2.7180
Sheffield, England

Bessemer Converter at Kelham Island Industrial Museum

One of the last remnants of the Bessemer process that revolutionized steel production during the industrial age.
53.3894, -1.4727
The grade is about 37 degrees
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Castle Hill Funicular

Built in 1870 at the bridge that connected Buda and Pest, this spectacular incline railway was almost lost forever during World War II.
47.4982, 19.0391
Fresco ceilings
Albi, France

Albi Cathedral

A medieval church with largest and oldest collection of Renaissance frescoes in France.
43.9285, 2.1426
The remains of houses with the church and, on the left, the replica Pictish stone.
Orkney, Scotland

Brough of Birsay

This tiny island featuring 9th century viking ruins is only accessible at low tide.
59.1327, -3.2974
The south face of the Ruthwell Cross in the apse.
Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

The Ruthwell Cross

An Anglo-Saxon cross inscribed with possibly the oldest written work of English literature.
55.0003, -3.4075
World Islands
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The World Islands

This artificial archipelago was supposed to resemble a map of the world.
25.2242, 55.1658
Burj Al Arab from the air
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Al Arab

A preposterously luxurious hotel with gold-plated iPads, Rolls Royce chauffeurs, and a staff that trains by watching "Downton Abbey."
25.1410, 55.1857
(Flickr/Román Emin)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Whitewashed mosque contains the world's largest carpet
24.4667, 54.3667
Computer generated image of the central plaza
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Masdar City

The world’s first zero carbon city is currently meeting less than 1% occupancy.
24.4267, 54.6150
(Flickr / le1parrain)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Yas Island Hotel

The world’s largest LED display, built over an F1 race circuit
24.4845, 54.6072
Aerial view of Ferrari World
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Ferrari World

This enormous sports car themed amusement park is home to the world’s fastest roller coaster.
24.4837, 54.6070
Orator at Speakers' Corner at 1974
London, England

Speakers' Corner

London's last remaining public soapbox site has seen speeches from Karl Marx, Vladmir Lenin, and George Orwell.
51.5120, -0.1592
Another Place from flickr by colinpoe (c.c. licensed)
Southport, England

Another Place

A hundred copies of Antony Gormley's naked body stare out across the water
53.4801, -3.0439
Labyrinth Entrance from Castle Hill
Budapest, Hungary

Labyrinth of Buda Castle

A series of caves under Castle Hill that once held the prisoner Vlad Tepes, better known as Count Dracula.
47.5003, 19.0342
The famous facade and portal to the church.
Lisbon, Portugal

Jerónimos Monastery

Elaborately carved to showcase the glorious wealth that the age of exploration brought to the Portuguese empire.
38.6970, -9.2069
Berlin, Germany

Vestiges of the Berlin Wall

On the Spree bank, discover one of the last reminders of a symbolic wall that divided, and was torn down by the people.
52.5050, 13.4397
A view of City Hall from below. (Photo:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia City Hall

This elaborate towering structure was once famed for its revolutionary height.
39.9541, -75.1644
Barcelona, Spain

Mirador de Colom (Columbus Monument)

A vista of the city and sea from atop the little-known viewing deck on an unassuming Columbus statue.
41.3758, 2.1777
The ramparts and towers were restored in the 1850s.
Sintra, Portugal

Castelo dos Mouros (Castle of the Moors)

An ancient and majestic fortress that played an integral role in Portugal's road to independence.
38.7972, -9.3895
Carlisle Cathedral policeman 'gargoyle''
Carlisle, England

The Policeman Gargoyle

A stone copper was sculpted on the wall of the Carlisle Cathedral to honor a local hero
54.8947, -2.9385
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