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Obelisk of Theodosius
Turkey

Obelisk of Theodosius

This remarkably well-preserved Egyptian plinth is pretty well traveled for a giant piece of stone
41.0059, 28.9754
Turkey

Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain

A fountain standing as a testament to a doomed alliance
41.0071, 28.9767
Inside the tomb of Sultan Selim II
Turkey

Tombs of the Sultans at Hagia Sophia

Five sultans and their families rest in eternal splendor, teeming with overlooked beauty and drama
41.0086, 28.9802
Mary Tyler Moore in downtown Minneapolis.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mary Tyler Moore Statue

A bronze statue on a downtown corner honors Minneapolis's favorite career gal.
44.9767, -93.2729
Looking down onto the living room.
Baltimore, Maryland

The Scarpetta House

A model home in the Medical Examiner's Office in which grisly death scenes are staged to train forensic investigators.
39.2892, -76.6326
United Record Pressing on Chestnut Street
Nashville, Tennessee

United Record Pressing

When Motown musicians came to Nashville in the 1960s they stayed at this historic record press, because hotels wouldn't host them.
36.1434, -86.7701
Note the size of the person below
Natural Bridge, Virginia

The Natural Bridge

A sacred site for Indians surveyed by George Washington and owned by both King George III and Thomas Jefferson.
37.6282, -79.5447
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Center for PostNatural History

Mutant vegetables, transgenic mosquitos, and atomic rodents span the walls of this one-of-a-kind museum
40.4654, -79.9446
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

St. Anthony's Chapel

This church in Pittsburgh is home to the largest collection of religious relics in North America
40.4649, -79.9837
Skull of St. Magnus
Louisville, Kentucky

Shrine of Saints Magnus and Bonosa

The only building in Louisville (hopefully) that contains two ancient holy skeletons.
38.2455, -85.7389
Cincinnati, Ohio

American Sign Museum

Where beautiful signs live on forever
39.1435, -84.5399
The Minister's Tree House (Flickr/Wonderdawg777)
Crossville, Tennessee

Minister's Tree House

Treehouse built because of divine inspiration
35.9821, -84.9966
The Lost Sea. (Creative Commons)
Sweetwater, Tennessee

Lost Sea

Enormous lake at the bottom of a unique cave system
35.5349, -84.4320
Hatch Show Print at dusk
Nashville, Tennessee

Hatch Show Print

At 135 years old and counting, this historic print shop is heaven for poster nerds and music buffs
36.1582, -86.7768
Crozet Tunnel (Waynesboro portal)
Afton, Virginia

Crozet Tunnel

A railroad tunnel that, upon its completion, was considered one of the engineering marvels of the modern world
38.0301, -78.8530
Interior view of the recently excavated chemical furnace in the ground floor of the University of Virginia's Rotunda
Charlottesville, Virginia

University of Virginia’s Hidden Chemical Hearth

Hidden for 165 years inside a building designed by Thomas Jefferson are the remains of what may be America's first educational chemistry lab.
38.0357, -78.5033
The Raven Room
Charlottesville, Virginia

The Raven Room

Edgar Allan Poe's old dorm is now a shrine to the author's legacy
38.0348, -78.5020
Baltimore, Maryland

Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

Eighteen miniature death-scene dioramas
39.2891, -76.6326
Washington's Dentures
Baltimore, Maryland

National Museum of Dentistry

George Washington's dentures and Queen Victoria's dental instruments are in the nation’s official museum of the dental profession
39.2885, -76.6236
The main reading room of the Athenaeum.
Providence, Rhode Island

Providence Athenaeum

A 19th century library favored by Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, known by locals as "the Ath."
41.8258, -71.4063
Historical "Farine Five Roses" sign on a cold winter night
Montreal, Canada

Farine Five Roses Sign

Two thirds of this Montreal neon icon has survived to flash another day.
45.4919, -73.5512
"Neptune's Ride."
Thomaston, Maine

Maine State Prison Showroom

Trinkets and toys lovingly handmade by maximum security prisoners.
44.0776, -69.1915
Many breeds of dog.
Shell Lake, Wisconsin

Museum of Woodcarving

The world's largest woodcarving collection includes dozens of Bible scenes and a wooden bestiary, all carved by one man.
45.7326, -91.9300
Washington, D.C.

Palace of Wonders

Bar full of oddities, specimens, artifacts and homages to the great dime museums of the past.
38.9003, -76.9897