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Terracina, Italy

Temple of Jupiter Anxur

A Roman temple perched over an Italian town, forgotten several times over.
Rome, Italy

Ludus Magnus

The ruins of the largest gladiatorial school in Rome are largely hidden under modern streets.
Sperlonga, Italy

Via Flacca Ruins

The remains of this medieval Roman road and lookout towers dot the rugged coastline of southern Lazio.
Toronto, Ontario

Ontario Place

An abandoned 1970s theme park that has been turned into a space for waterfront walking.
Rome, Italy

The Flying Donkey

Rome's first modern graffito is all that is left of a peaceful protest from the 1970s.
Rome, Italy

Porto di Ripetta

An 18th century fountain and two columns are all that remains of Rome's forgotten river harbor.
Guelph, Ontario

Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate

A 1975 bylaw prohibits the construction of any building that would block the view of this Gothic Revival church.
Rome, Italy

Cappella di San Zenone (Chapel of Saint Zeno)

Its interior is adorned with some of the best examples of early Christian mosaics.
Rome, Italy

Servian Wall at McDonald's

Inside this Mcdonald's you can dine on your Big Mac and fries next to a 2,500-year-old Roman wall.
Austin, Texas

'Hi, How Are You' Mural

This simple frog painting created by musician Daniel Johnston embodies the spirit of Austin.
Dallas, Texas

Thanks-Giving Square

A serene temple with stunning stained glass hides in downtown Dallas.
Marfa, Texas

Hotel Paisano

A little stop along the Texas highway where Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean stayed while shooting the 1955 film "Giant."
Marfa, Texas

Stardust Motel Sign

This old abandoned sign flickers to announce a motel that isn't even there.
Marfa, Texas

Chinati Foundation

Minimalist modern art on a repurposed military base in rural Texas.
Marfa, Texas

Marfa Lights

Mysterious glowing orbs float through the desert night.
Houston, Texas

The Hobbit Café

A taste of Middle Earth, in the middle of the Bayou City.
Bern, Switzerland

Méret Oppenheim Fountain

The Swiss artist's bulbous and overgrown shape-shifting sculpture controversially graces the center of Bern.
Toronto, Ontario

'Woodpecker Column'

The giant birds honor two native North American species.
Montreal, Québec

‘Trois Disques’ ('Three Disks')

A swaggering, monumental souvenir of the most extravagant party Montreal’s ever thrown.
Rome, Italy

Arch of the Argentarii

This ancient Roman arch misled treasure hunters for centuries.
London, England

Victoria and Albert Museum WWII Battle Scars

The pockmarks across the building's facade are remnants of the Blitz.
Rome, Italy

Buca Dello Spione

An 18th-century post box used to alert the church of sick and ailing foreign pilgrims.
Rome, Italy

Durandal's Mark

A deep mark on the remains of a Roman temple, believed to be left by a legendary warrior.
Rome, Italy

Elephant and Obelisk

A detailed pachyderm supports Rome's smallest Egyptian obelisk.