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Littleton, New Hampshire

Pollyanna Statue

A town wears its heart on the sleeve of a smiling girl, arms flung wide open in a cheerful greeting for all who encounter her.
Bern, Switzerland

The Child Eater of Bern

A nearly 500-year-old sculpture depicts a man eating a sack of babies, and no one is sure why.
Nieuwkuijk, Netherlands

Castle d'Oultremont

This medieval castle was painted pink as part of a now-abandoned children's theme park.
Porto, Portugal

Carmo and Carmelitas Churches

A hidden three-foot-wide house separates these two regal churches.
Holywell, Wales

Winifred's Well

The oldest continual pilgrimage site in Britain was supposedly created by a gruesome beheading.
Thurstaston, England

Thor's Rock

A geological wonder shrouded in myth.
Milan, Italy

'Saint Bartholomew Flayed'

This grisly effigy displays an early Christian martyr who was skinned alive and beheaded.
Sagunt, Spain

Roman Theatre of Sagunto

This ancient amphitheater was restored in the early 1990s.
Isle of Staffa, Scotland

Fingal's Cave

This astonishingly geometric cave has inspired everyone from Jules Verne to Pink Floyd.
Porto, Portugal

Livraria Lello

One of the most beautiful bookstores in the world hides a neo-Gothic interior behind an art nouveau facade.
Xian Shi, China

Xi'an City Walls

An ancient fortification lives on in this Chinese city.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oost-Indisch Huis

The former headquarters of history's oldest megacorporation.
Rome, Italy

San Nicola in Carcere

This small church was constructed over the ruins of three temples dating to the Roman Republic.
Oswestry, England

Oswald's Well

When King Oswald was killed in battle, an eagle dropped his arm here creating a new spring.
Llantysilio, Wales

Valle Crucis Abbey

This ancient abbey now lies in majestic ruin behind a caravan park.
Denbighshire, Wales

Castell Dinas Bran

These precariously placed ruins harken back to a 13th-century castle.
Edinburgh, Scotland

The Heart of Midlothian

A sweet symbol marks the place where torturous executions were once carried out.
Edinburgh, Scotland

Mary King's Close

17th century streets hidden under Edinburgh were once a breeding ground for the black death.
Copenhagen, Denmark

Church of Our Saviour

Climb to the top of its spiral spire for spectacular views of Copenhagen.
Bari, Italy

Manna of St. Nicholas of Bari

A dead saint, a deadly poison, and a mysterious holy ooze.
Andria, Italy

Castel del Monte

Geometry and mystery come together in an epic show of octagonal masonry.
Trani, Italy

Trani Cathedral

Three underground crypts and a pointed arch under the bell tower make this cathedral unique among Romanesque churches.
Llandudno, Wales

St Tudno's Church

This 6th-century church honors St. Tudno, the patron saint of Llandudno.
Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Iona Abbey

A small island abbey is the final resting place of many medieval Scottish monarchs, including the real Macbeth.