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Edinburgh, Scotland

Óscar Romero Plaque

In memory of the assassinated, now-canonized Salvadoran archbishop who is the namesake of nearby Romero Place.
Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Friendship 500

A floating McDonald's built for Expo '86 is now a derelict relic on Burrard Inlet.
Sintra, Portugal

Castelo dos Mouros (Castle of the Moors)

An ancient and majestic fortress that played an integral role in Portugal's road to independence.
Sintra, Portugal

Pena National Palace

This unreal Portuguese palace looks as though it's made from a pile of different castles.
Bangkok, Thailand

Cabbages & Condoms

A condom-covered Thai restaurant that is more concerned with birth control than food.
Rome, Italy

Temple of Hercules Victor

This curious, round temple is the oldest still-standing marble building in Rome.
Rome, Italy

The Mouth of Truth

The yawning maw of this pagan visage is said to bite off the hands of liars.
Velha Goa, India

The Arch of Conception

One of the few surviving gates into Old Goa, the former capital of Portuguese India.
London, England

The Executioner's Ax

Tucked away in the Tower of London is the weapon once used to execute high-profile prisoners.
London, England

Traitors' Gate

The watery entrance for condemned prisoners heading to the Tower of London is still visible along the Thames.
London, England

Beauchamp Tower

Graffiti from the 16th and 17th centuries cover the walls of this part of the Tower of London.
London, England

The Tower of London Menagerie

These wire animal sculptures commemorate the exotic inhabitants that once called the Tower of London home.
London, England

Two Princes Staircase

Richard III supposedly disposed of his nephews' bodies here in an effort to seal his claim to the throne.
Hong Kong

HSBC Building Feng Shui Cannons

Two cannon-like cranes were installed on top of the bank building to fend off bad feng shui.
Lalibela, Ethiopia

Ben Abeba

An otherworldly restaurant perched on the edge of a jagged cliff next to a medieval holy city.
Velha Goa, India

Museum of Christian Art

Located within a 17th-century convent, this museum features centuries-old Christian art pieces that meld European and Asian influences.
United States / Canada

United States–Canada Border Slash

The entire length of the border is marked by a 20-foot-wide slash through the trees.
Paris, France

I Love You Wall

Paris' linguistic guide to the international language of, yes, love.
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batlló

One of Antoni Gaudí's most classic buildings is well-known for its "dragon-back" design.
Barcelona, Spain

Tió de Nadal

Catalonia Tradition: Beating the hollow Christmas log until it defecates in your fireplace.
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Phimeanakas

A secluded, little-known temple hidden amid the dense jungle.
Patan, India

Rani Ki Vav

This magnificent stepwell is designed as an inverted temple and adorned with 1,500 sculptures.
Madrid, Spain

'El Barrendero'

This sculpture pays homage to the street sweepers of Madrid since its inauguration in 2001 in Plaza Jacinto Benavente.
Rome, Italy

St. Valentine's Skull

The skull of the patron saint of lovers lies in the Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin—maybe.