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Chigi Chapel.
Rome, Italy

Parish Church of Santa Maria del Popolo

A treasure trove of Renaissance-era funerary art in a Roman church built on top of Nero's grave.
41.9114, 12.4760
The columns looking out over the Venetian Lagoon.
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Lost Third Column

Two stone columns flank the grand Venice square, but there were supposed to be three.
45.4330, 12.3388
Detail of Wanamaker Organ.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wanamaker Grand Court Organ

The sounds of the world's largest fully functioning pipe organ dazzle shoppers at a Philadelphia Macy's.
39.9519, -75.1618
Chedworth Roman Villa, view from northeast.
Gloucestershire, England

Chedworth Roman Villa

Deep in the countryside lie the remains of one of the grandest Roman dwellings in Britain.
51.8201, -1.9245
The grotto
Sperlonga, Italy

Villa of Tiberius

The Roman Emperor's lost summer home and grotto full of enormous sculptures sit along the Italian seashore.
41.2511, 13.4498
Union Station.
Washington, D.C.

Site of the Union Station Train Crash

A 1,100-ton train fell through the floor in 1953. Workers got it patched up in just 72 hours.
38.8978, -77.0062
Man Controlling Trade.
Washington, D.C.

Man Controlling Trade

A muscular Art Deco monument represents the struggle between regulators and unbridled markets.
38.8925, -77.0204
The fresco in the mithraeum at Santa Maria Capua Vetere.
Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Italy

Mithraeum at Santa Maria Capua Vetere

The underground sanctuary of a mysterious ancient Roman religious cult contains an exquisite traditional fresco.
41.0802, 14.2521
Park entrance today
Catskill, New York

Catskill Game Farm

The abandoned ruins of America's first private zoo are open for exploration in the Catskills.
42.2239, -73.9891
Traveler Restaurant entrance.
Union, Connecticut

Traveler Restaurant

This small-town Connecticut restaurant gives each diner a free book from its vast library.
42.0253, -72.1399
John Bartram's garden house.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bartram's Garden

The oldest surviving botanic garden in the United States.
39.9329, -75.2125
Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Elfreth's Alley

This charming colonial alleyway is the oldest continuously used residential street in the U.S.
39.9528, -75.1424
Chicago, Illinois

World Artifacts on the Tribune Tower Walls

Fragments of architectural wonders from around the globe are embedded in the newspaper building's walls.
41.8904, -87.6237
The lamps shine along Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California

Urban Light

Scores of vintage street lamps shine along L.A.’s Miracle Mile.
34.0628, -118.3594
Neverbust Chain
Columbia, South Carolina

Neverbust Chain

This titanic steel chain linking two buildings was installed without permission but instantly beloved.
34.0056, -81.0350
Busted Plug Plaza
Columbia, South Carolina

Busted Plug Plaza

The world's largest fire hydrant is supposedly tornado-proof.
34.0075, -81.0327
Tunnelvision
Columbia, South Carolina

Tunnelvision

This psychedelic tromp l'oeil seems to be beckoning drivers to crash into a wall.
34.0072, -81.0325
Tucson, Arizona

Cherrybell Stravenue

A rare wayfinding portmanteau of “Street” and “Avenue.”
32.2034, -110.9461
The Hole of the Sorrows
Clare, Ireland

The Hole of the Sorrows

This singular Irish dolmen is more Frank Lloyd Wright than upright stonehenge.
53.0376, -9.0760
Pittaki Street.
Athens, Greece

Pittaki Street

150 or so scrounged-up lamps, chandeliers, and lanterns light up this alley in central Athens.
37.9771, 23.7248
You'll never unsee it now.
Washington, Washington, D.C.

Washington Monument Marble Stripe

Look closely and you’ll notice that the color changes a third of the way up the tower.
38.8903, -77.0332
Looking out onto la Civita, the city center, from an ancient grotto in Sassi di Matera.
Matera, Italy

Sassi di Matera

People have been living in the cave houses on this Italian hillside since the Neolithic era.
40.6658, 16.6117
West Side Market
Cleveland, Ohio

West Side Market

This spectacular public market has got meat, fish, vegetables, flowers, and enough kielbasa for a lifetime.
41.4847, -81.7031
Cloaca Maxima's outfall is near the Ponte Rotto bridge.
Rome, Italy

Cloaca Maxima

The "Greatest Sewer" of ancient Rome is one of the oldest sewer systems in the world, and is still in use.
41.8889, 12.4803