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Alton, England

Battle of Alton Bullet Holes

The door of St. Lawrence’s Church features small scars from a battle that took place nearly 400 years ago.
Ipswich, England

The Ogre of Eagle Street

This monstrous face has watched over the passersby for centuries.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

'The Constellation'

This massive piece of artwork weighs more than 250 tons, and was designed as a tribute to the first president of the United Arab Emirates.
London, England

Stationers' Hall

This building contains a door only used by members of the royal family.
Canterbury, England

Geoffrey Chaucer Statue

Inspired by Thomas Stothard's painting of the "Journey to Canterbury," albeit with Canterbury natives.
Tattingstone, England

Tattingstone Wonder

An 18th-century estate owner thought these cottages were an eyesore, so he artfully disguised them as a church.
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."
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Elephant Clock

A faithful reproduction of Al-Jazari's enormous water clock.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Ferrari World

This enormous sports car themed amusement park is home to the world’s fastest roller coaster.
Bath, England

Dueling Lane

In addition to escorting prospective couples to and from ballrooms, this lane was also a place for gentlemen to settle scores.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Whitewashed mosque contains the world's largest carpet.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

World's First Gold-Dispensing ATM

Feed it cash, get your very own gold bar.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Capital Gate

No building in the world leans as far as the so-called “Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi.”
Guildford, England

Guildford Spike

This Edwardian workhouse tells a harrowing story of those who were forced to trade hard labor for lodging.
Wormingford, England

The Wormingford Dragon Window

Was the ravaging reptilian that terrorized this village a dragon, or an escapee from a London menagerie?
London, England

Remains of the Old London Bridge

Only a few pieces remain of the structure that carried people and goods across the Thames for some 600 years.
Hampshire, England

Farnborough Airship Hangar Frame

The lasting remains of the Balloon Section of the British Armed Forces.
London, England

The Fortnum & Mason Clock

At the top of the hour, figures of the London department store's two co-founders emerge and bow to each other.
Stockport, England

Where The Mersey Rises

The river that gave its name to a 1960s musical movement has a rather inauspicious starting point in town outside of Manchester.
London, England

Giants of St. Dunstan-in-the-West

A pair of club-wielding guardians stand watch over London's first public clock to feature a minute hand.
Odiham, England

Birthplace of the British Tommy

According to the Soldiers Account Book, the village of Odiham is home to Thomas Atkins, whose name became shorthand for all British soldiers.
London, England

Word on the Water

This 1920s Dutch barge is now a floating bookstore.
London, England

The Hardy Tree

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

The Fourth Plinth

Originally meant to hold a statue of King William IV, this support sat empty for years. Today, it hosts a rotating cast of public artwork.