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Athens, Greece

Korai 4

Scars of this building's past life as a violent prison still cover its walls.
Athens, Greece

Caves of Filopappou Hill

These caves secretly held national treasures during World War II.
Athens, Greece

Holy Church of the Archangels

This small chapel holds the mummified heart of one of the heroes of the Greek Revolution.
Athens, Greece

Zappeion

A man's head is enshrined beneath a statue near the first building constructed for the modern Olympic Games.
Athens, Greece

Gestapo Interrogation Memorial

The site where hundreds of Greeks were tortured by the Nazi secret police is now a cosmetics store.
Athens, Greece

Tower of the Winds

An ancient octagonal weather station named for the eight Greek gods of wind.
Athens, Greece

Dromeas (The Runner)

A sharp sculpture made of thousands of pieces of jagged glass.
Athens, Greece

Petraki Monastery

The oldest standing Byzantine church in Athens is tucked within a monastery in the middle of an upscale shopping district.
Athens, Greece

Theatre of Dionysus

Heralded as the world's first theater, these ruins are often overlooked as they reside in the shadows of the Acropolis.
Athens, Greece

Syntagma Square Metro Station

Where commuters walk through remnants of an ancient Greek necropolis.
Athens, Greece

Agia Dynami

This small 16th-century church in Athens is almost entirely surrounded by a modern building.
Athens, Greece

Lycabettus Funicular

The railway carts travelers to central Athens's highest peak, which offers stunning vistas of the city.
Athens, Greece

Hadrian's Reservoir

This ancient hydrological marvel is now the base of a modern outdoor cinema.
Athens, Greece

The Olive Tree of the Acropolis

Legend says this sacred tree was a gift from Athena.
Athens, Greece

Anafiotika

The Cycladic architecture makes this Athens neighborhood feel like an island paradise hidden in the shadow of the Acropolis.
Athens, Greece

Magic Sphere of Helios

This mystical orb covered in strange symbols is thought to have been used in ancient Greek magical rituals.
Athens, Greece

The Athenian Agora

This ancient Greek place of assembly and marketplace is being revealed layer by layer below the modern Athens cityscape.
Riga, Latvia

Statue of Prince Mikhail Andreas Barclay de Tolly

The former Field Marshall and Minister of War to the Russian Imperial Army.
Riga, Latvia

Victory Memorial to Soviet Army

This controversial monument was designed to lionize the Red Army, but also disheartened the Latvian people.
Riga, Latvia

'Sam'

This statue is dedicated to the animal cosmonauts that perished during space flight experiments.
Riga, Latvia

The Very Old Oak Tree

A preserved oak tree about 3500 years old found in Riga, Latvia.
Riga, Latvia

First-Ever Public Christmas Tree Marker

A stone marker and sculpture in the city of Riga stake a claim for the very first community Christmas tree.
London, England

Philpot Lane Mice Sculpture

A mysterious pair of mice eating a piece of cheese is London's smallest public sculpture.
London, England

The Hardy Tree

This churchyard arbor is surrounded by hundreds of gravestones placed there by author Thomas Hardy.