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Exterior of the Old New Synagogue.
Prague, Czechia

Old New Synagogue

Synagogue built from the stones of Solomon's temple contains the golem of Prague
50.0901, 14.4186
The Dancing House, f/k/a Fred and Ginger
Prague, Czechia

Tančící dům - Dancing House of Prague

This tipsy office building in downtown Prague was originally called “Fred and Ginger.”
50.0755, 14.4141
Nogent-sur-Marne, France

Ruins of Le Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale

Ghosts of France's colonial past
48.8329, 2.4673
The ceilling of Le Louxor
Paris, France

Le Louxor Palais du Cinema

Egyptian Revival movie palace abandoned for decades and restored in 2013
48.8834, 2.3498
Pont de Grenelle Statue of Liberty
Paris, France

Statue of Liberty, Pont de Grenelle

France gave the U.S. the Statue of Liberty in 1886; Americans gave Paris a smaller version of the same statue in 1889
48.8501, 2.2783
Palace of Depression in the process of restoration
Vineland, New Jersey

Palace of Depression

This Great Depression-era creation was once known as the strangest house in the world.
39.4841, -75.0612
Miami Beach, Florida

The Wolfsonian-FIU

Over 120,000 curious objects that have shaped our modern world
25.7810, -80.1324
Vizcaya: eastern view from Biscayne Bay. (Wikimedia Commons)
Miami, Florida

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Former villa and estate of James Deering developed to preserve native tropical forests
25.7466, -80.2114
Old Barracks
Trenton, New Jersey

Old Barracks Museum

One of New Jersey's oldest surviving buildings still bears the mark of our former British overlords
40.2199, -74.7687
The Rocky Statue in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rocky Statue

Yo, Adrian!
39.9650, -75.1792
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Masonic Temple of Philadelphia

Huge masonic hall in Philadelphia with lavishly themed rooms
39.9534, -75.1633
Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania

The Sonorous Stones of Ringing Rocks Park

Mysterious rocks that ring musically when struck
40.5625, -75.1343
Bazaar
Baltimore, Maryland

Bazaar

Crammed into a Baltimore row house is an oddities shop that sells everything from skulls to dead insects
39.3308, -76.6297
Baltimore, Maryland

Elijah Bond's Ouija Board Grave

The man who first patented the Ouija Board rests in peace beneath a headstone that playfully reflects that achievement
39.3088, -76.6093
Baltimore, Maryland

Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

Eighteen miniature death-scene dioramas
39.2891, -76.6326
Ouija 7-11
Baltimore, Maryland

Ouija 7-Eleven

This simple convenience store sits on the location where the Ouija board was named and has the plaque to prove it
39.2962, -76.6154
Maillardet's automaton at the Franklin Institute
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Maillardet's Automaton

The origin of this mechanical boy was a mystery until he revealed his maker by writing it in perfect cursive.
39.9582, -75.1731
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
Chemical Heritage Foundation, street view.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chemical Heritage Foundation

Instruments, apparatus and rare books all relating to chemistry and its related sciences
39.9487, -75.1465
The cave from the front.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cave of Kelpius

Here, “The Society of the Woman of the Wilderness," America's first doomsday cult, awaited the end of the world.
40.0238, -75.2016
The Golden Gal of Old Madison Square Garden
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Golden Gal of Old Madison Square Garden

Golden and naked, the figure that was once the highest point in New York is all that remains of the second Madison Square Garden
39.9656, -75.1810
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Shrine of Saint John Neumann

The body of St. John Neumann and his collection of hundreds of relics, on display in a Philly church
39.9694, -75.1452
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wagner Free Institute

A rare view of a preserved Victorian science museum
39.9809, -75.1624
Summer at Shofuso
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Philadelphia boasts one of the best — and most often overlooked — traditional Japanese gardens in North America.
39.9814, -75.2129