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Sofia, Bulgaria

The Largo

Sofia's legislative center is continuously reinventing itself.
Sofia, Bulgaria

National Palace of Culture

A vast Communist-era exhibition space in the Bulgarian capital.
Sofia, Bulgaria

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

A striking symbol of the Bulgarian capital.
Rilski manastir, Bulgaria

Rila Monastery

This historic black and white monastery is one of Bulgaria's architectural jewels.
Jerusalem, Israel

Church of the Pater Noster

Dozens of elegant ceramic tiles decorate these ancient walls, each displaying the Lord's Prayer in a different language.
Acre, Israel

El-Jazzar Mosque

A stunning mosque owes its design to an Ottoman ruler nicknamed "The Butcher."
Jerusalem, Israel

The Austrian Hospice

This unassuming oasis elevated just above the busy streets of Jerusalem offers one of the best views of the Old City.
Jerusalem, Israel

Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem

The only quarter of the Old City not dedicated to a major world religion.
Jerusalem, Israel

Meah Shearim

Neighborhood in Jerusalem is home to the ultra-orthodox haredim.
Caesarea, Israel

Caesarea Maritima Mithraeum

An ancient underground cultic temple where sunlight penetrates on the summer solstice.
Masada, Israel

Masada

This daunting 1st century fortress was purportedly the site of one of the most dramatic revolts of the Jewish-Roman wars.
Krakow, Poland

Statue of Jan Matejko

Extremely famous in his native country, this Cracovian painter is all but unknown beyond Polish borders.
Warsaw, Poland

'Greetings from Jerusalem Avenue'

An artificial date palm stands as a memorial to Warsaw's Jewish community.
Warsaw, Poland

Chopin Monument

In the summer, the area around this sculpture transforms into a vibrant concert venue.
Warsaw, Poland

Battle of Grunwald Painting

This enormous 32-foot painting depicts Poland's greatest medieval battle in glorious detail.
Krakow, Poland

Kraków-Płaszów Concentration Camp

At first glance, this area seems like just another city park, but the lush landscape hides a dark past.
Karpacz, Poland

Vang Stave Church

This fairytale medieval church in Poland originally spent centuries in Norway.
Krakow, Poland

Wojtek the Soldier Bear Statue

A memorial to the beloved brown bear that served in the Polish army during World War II.
Warsaw, Poland

Mermaid of Warsaw

The Polish capital has had a deep connection to its guardian mermaid for almost a millennium now.
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw Uprising Monument

A tribute to the Polish insurgents who fought in the failed attempt to end their city's Nazi occupation.
London, England

Tower of London's Ceremony of the Keys

The ritual has been performed uninterrupted for nearly 700 years.
London, England

Water Dragons of Kew Gardens

These docile dragons are ideal inhabitants for the conservatory greenhouses.
London, England

British Library Treasures Gallery

The library houses an incredible collection of some of the world's most impressive books and manuscripts.
London, England

Trafalgar Square Imperial Measurements

These official units of measurement lie hidden beneath tourists' feet in a popular London hub.