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Montreal, Québec

Notre Dame Basilica

A grand Gothic Revival basilica with stained glass depictions of Montreal's religious history has only one soul resting in its crypt.
Montreal, Québec

Biosphere of Montreal

Designed by Buckminster Fuller, this relic of the 67 Expo survived fire and ice.
Montreal, Québec

‘Trois Disques’ ('Three Disks')

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

Habitat 67

This 1967 experiment in modular architecture was designed to be a new model for urban living.
Montreal, Québec

Gibeau Orange Julep

The skyline of Montreal includes the silhouette of an unexpected fruit-shaped Canadian staple.
Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa Jail Hostel

This inexpensive lodging house was once a prison notorious for its inhumane practices.
Ottawa, Ontario

Château Laurier

The mastermind behind this palatial hotel perished on the Titanic weeks before its grand opening.
Ottawa, Ontario

Maman

Louise Bourgeois' 30-foot-tall steel spider sculpture.
Ottawa, Ontario

The Diefenbunker

Canada's subterranean Cold War museum has doubled as a movie set.
Saint-Joseph-de-Coleraine, Québec

Thetford Asbestos Mine

A scenic overlook of a pit mine hundreds of meters deep filled with blue water.
Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Québec

Val-Jalbert Ghost Town

An abandoned town centered around a paper mill powered by a large waterfall.
Saguenay, Québec

Pyramide des Ha! Ha!

Despite its name this unique art piece was established to commemorate a tragic flood.
Trescore Balneario, Italy

Cappella Suardi

Jesus turns into vines inside this chapel.
Bergamo, Italy

House on Rock

This house certainly has a unique decor.
Manila, Philippines

Manila Clock Tower

This iconic clock tower is the largest in the Philippines.
Averara, Italy

Torre della Sapienza (Tower of Wisdom)

This enigmatic piece of art is a mnemonic device from the early Renaissance.
London, England

The Cornhill Devils

These Victorian era devil sculptures were designed to spite a local vicar.
Urgnano, Italy

The Grotesques of Urgnano Castle

Statues portraying anatomical deformities were placed in this garden to foster ethical behavior.
Oneta, Italy

Casa Museo di Arlecchino

The house where Harlequin was born.
Bienno, Italy

Bosco di Quercus

A giant owl named Rocco oversees mythical woodland creatures along these charming mountain trails.
London, England

Michelin House

An ornate and disused early 20th-century building has been given new life as a fully operational structure, complete with offices, oyster bar, and a furniture retailer.
London, England

Deptford Anchor

A much-loved local landmark pays tribute to the shipbuilding past of this area.
Cassiglio, Italy

Ca’ Milesi

This house is adorned with a serenade macabre from the Counter-Reformation period.
Collio, Italy

Miniera Torgola

This decaying complex from the early 1900s was once the site of massive iron and fluorite mines.