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New York, New York

Long Lines Building

An uber-secure, windowless tower of doom in the center of Manhattan is an NSA spyscraper.
Madrid, Spain

Carpetana Metro Station Museum

Replicas of fossils unearthed during renovation work reveal how this area would have looked millions of years ago.
Xian Shi, China

Great Mosque of Xi'an

Although resembling a grand Buddhist temple, this structure is actually the largest mosque in China.
Antwerp, Belgium

The Whisperer

This interactive sculpture allows visitors to leave a message in case a friend passes by.
Oostende, Belgium

Amandine Museum Ship

The last Oostende trawler to fish off Iceland is now a museum.
Damme, Belgium

Damme Canal

Also known as Napolean's Canal, this waterway was created on the orders of the general, and construction was interrupted by Waterloo.
Ypres, Belgium

Sanctuary Wood Museum

A rare example of World War I trenches from the British front.
Antwerp, Belgium

Semini Sculpture

This heavily worn bas-relief was once an honored fertility symbol.
Stockholm, Sweden

Birthplace of the Stockholm Syndrome

Now a hotel, this former bank was the site of a robbery that spawned a psychological phenomenon.
Nice, France

La Tete Carrée Library

This massive blockhead sculpture hides an entire library.
Milan, Italy

'Saint Bartholomew Flayed'

This grisly effigy displays an early Christian martyr who was skinned alive and beheaded.
Sant Adrià de Besòs, Spain

Tres Xemeneies (Three Chimneys)

The unexpectedly beloved remnants of a controversial thermal power plant.
Barcelona, Spain

Mirador de Colom (Columbus Monument)

A vista of the city and sea from atop the little-known viewing deck on an unassuming Columbus statue.
Dijon, France

The Magic Owl of Dijon

For over 300 years this little carving has been the city’s good luck charm.
Èze, France

Nietzsche's Path

This mountain trail inspired Nietzsche to complete his magnum opus.
Monaco-Ville, Monaco

Oceanographic Museum

Museum celebrating the ocean, with the largest wunderkammer dedicated to sea exploration.
Bologna, Italy

Fountain of Neptune

Legend has it this fountain built to symbolize the Pope’s power hides a strange secret concerning Neptune's manliness.
Bologna, Italy

Towers of Bologna

Over 100 towers were built in Bologna during the Middle Ages, but only 22 survive.
Florence, Italy

Ospedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents)

Renaissance hospital featuring a rotating door into which unwanted babies were dropped.
Florence, Italy

Il Porcellino

This bronze boar's snout has been rubbed to a golden sheen by visitors seeking good fortune.
Florence, Italy

L’importuno di Michelangelo

The famous sculptor left his mark on this Italian wall in an internationally protected example of street art.
Vernazza, Italy

Doria Castle

This amazing medieval fortress stands atop a promontory along the famous Cinque Terre.
Vernazza, Italy

Cinque Terre

Five candy-colored villages on the Italian Riviera.
Venice, Italy

Monument to Niccolò Tommaseo

The pile of books behind the dignified writer gave the statue a most undignified nickname.