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Belfast, Northern Ireland

River Farset

Belfast's namesake river still winds below the city center, hidden from sight.
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Albert Memorial Clock

This massive monument has been telling the time for 150 years—at a slight angle.
Belfast, Northern Ireland

'The Salmon of Knowledge'

A giant sculpture of the legendary "Salmon of Knowledge" celebrates the return of fish to Belfast's River Lagan.
Belfast, Northern Ireland

St. George's Market

The last Victorian market in Belfast.
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Europa Hotel

It was once nicknamed "the most bombed hotel in Europe."
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Crown Liquor Saloon

This Victorian-era public house has set the standard for pub-style elegance for over a hundred years.
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Tesco Metro

A palatial former bank building now houses what may be the poshest convenience store in Belfast.
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Telegraph Building Belfast Blitz Scars

A small plaque highlights the damage caused by German air raids during World War II.
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Friar's Bush Graveyard

Celebrated in poem, this tiny hidden cemetery has a big and grisly history.
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast Botanic Gardens Palm House

For part of the year, this innovative greenhouse is painted white to keep the plants from getting scorched.
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Milltown Cemetery

An Irish cemetery filled with victims of political strife and violent conflict, including the grave of Bobby Sands.
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast Peace Lines

These barriers stand as stark reminders of Northern Ireland's troubled past.
Galway, Ireland

Áras na nGael

At this cozy bar tucked down a hidden Galway backroad, Guinness makes the Gaelic come out.
Galway City, Ireland

Fishery Watchtower Museum

Originally built to monitor fishing, this Victorian tower now educates visitors about the local salmon industry.
Athenry, Ireland

Athenry Dominican Priory

Ruins battered by centuries of war and disaster offer a wondrous glimpse of medieval Ireland.
Galway, Ireland

Abandoned Menlo Castle

A moody and picturesque riverside ruin overgrown with vegetation.
Connemara, Ireland

Kylemore Abbey

A stunning Victorian abbey and walled garden on a lakefront.
Sligo, Ireland

The Glen

A tiny microvalley etched into the side of Knocknarea Mountain hides another world.
Ballina, Ireland

SS Crete Boom

The remains of a concrete ship sit on a sandbank between Ballina Quay and Belleek Woods.
Sligo, Ireland

Medb's Cairn

This 30-foot pile of rocks may be the grave of a mythological Irish queen.
Corofin, Ireland

The Burren

A hugely vast Irish landscape of barren rock that stretches for miles.
Limerick, Ireland

Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur

The largest stone circle in Ireland.
North Tipperary, Ireland

Barack Obama Plaza

This modest plaza in Moneygall, Ireland has cashed in on its distant connection to the U.S. president.
Helsinki, Finland

The National Library of Finland

Architecturally stunning library serves as the hub of Finnish scholarly life and culture.