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Laem Sak, Thailand

Archipelago Cinema

This floating cinema brings new meaning to the phrase "going out" to the movies.
Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia Wishing Column

Legend says if you stick your thumb in the hole and it gets wet your wish will be granted.
Istanbul, Turkey

Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain

A fountain standing as a testament to a doomed alliance.
Istanbul, Turkey

Serpent Column

Ancient serpentine sacrifice holder that has stood the test of time.
Lefkoşa, Cyprus

Büyük Han

The largest caravanserai in Cyprus also includes amazing examples of Ottoman architecture.
Yerevan, Armenia

Spider Statue

Destruction from Armenia's 1988 earthquake inspired an artist's sculptures of scrap metal.
Iraq

Mar Behnam Monastery

The history of Mar Behnam Monastery is that of violence, intolerance, resiliency, and spirituality.
Rome, Italy

Arch of Janus

The one-of-a-kind Roman arch is not actually dedicated to the god Janus.
Rome, Italy

Temple of Hercules Victor

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

Lumiang Cave

This burial cave houses around 100 ancient coffins, neatly stacked to form a massive wall.
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Slave Market Memorial

This monument is a stark reminder of the horrors of the Zanzibar slave trade.
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Columbo Sahib’s Tomb

Hidden under the thick tropical vegetation of a cemetery is the tomb of Columbo Sahib.
Omodos, Cyprus

Linos tou Charilaou (Omodos Wine Press)

This medieval wine press is one of the oldest in Cyprus.
Odzun, Armenia

Obelisk of Odzun

An unusual double-stelae obelisk with ancient and mysterious origins.
Písek, Czechia

Městská Elektrárna v Písku (Písek Electricity Museum)

The oldest hydroelectric plant in Czechia is now a museum.
Milan, Italy

'Saint Bartholomew Flayed'

This grisly effigy displays an early Christian martyr who was skinned alive and beheaded.
Rome, Italy

Il Tempio di Adriano (Temple of Hadrian)

The remains of this 2nd-century Roman temple are incorporated into a modern building.
Rome, Italy

Pons Aemilius

The only remaining arch of the oldest stone bridge in Rome stands in the middle of the Tiber.
Mannar, Sri Lanka

Adam's Bridge

According to Hindu belief, this shallow island chain was created by a god with an army of monkeys.
Koysinjaq, Iraq

Qshla Koya

Qshla Koya is an Ottoman fortress located on a hillock in the central quarter of Koya.
Singapore

Singapore's Rooftop Pool

The largest pool at its elevation sits on top of one of the most expensive resorts in the world.
Singapore

Gardens by the Bay

Singapore's landscaping project is home to 18 incredible Supertrees.
Singapore

Changi Airport Slides

The busy transport hub is home to the tallest airport slide in the world.
Quito, Ecuador

Calle García Moreno

This historic street in Quito is known for its seven stone crosses—and one presidential assassination.