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Mexico City, Mexico

La Casa de los Azulejos

Once home to an aristocratic family and a workers' organization, this intricately tiled building now houses a chain restaurant.
Mexico City, Mexico

Xochipilli

The most complete statue of this Aztec god sits a top a throne carved with images of hallucinogenic plants.
Mexico City, Mexico

Taquería Los Cocuyos

This one-window stand has been home to a giant vat of slowly simmering meats and an array of unique tacos for almost 50 years.
Mexico City, Mexico

UNAM Central Library

This incredible college library is a visual masterpiece of mosaic art. It also looks kind of like a giant boombox.
Mexico City, Mexico

Pyramid of Ehécatl

The ruins of an ancient temple to the Aztec wind god discovered in the middle of a metro station.
Mexico City, Mexico

Palacio Postal

Gilded heaven for philatelists and architecture freaks, still in full working order despite sitting atop tremulous ground.
Leiden, Netherlands

Leiden's Monumental Urinal

This public toilet built in the famous Amsterdam School architectural style is a Dutch national monument.
Leiden, Netherlands

'Zhdun' (Homunculus Loxodontus)

This Dutch art piece became a Russian icon.
Leiden, Netherlands

Café De Vergulde Kruik (The Gilded Jar Café)

One of the Leiden's oldest pubs is also the birthplace of the Heineken star.
Leiden, Netherlands

De Leidse Zeemijn (Leiden's Naval Mine)

The remnants of a WWI naval mine that once terrorized the country now decorates a street.
Leiden, Netherlands

Bakkerssteeg Street Sign

This century-old street sign is a forgotten remnant of the old city.
Hong Kong

Man Mo Temple Complex

A serene space tucked amid the skyscrapers of Hong Kong's bustling financial district.
Sighișoara, Romania

Towers of Sighișoara

Nine centuries-old fortresses guard the walls of this medieval Romanian city.
Bucharest, Romania

Palace of the Parliament

This communist behemoth is the heaviest building in the world and a legacy of a brutal regime.
Kecamatan Prambanan, Indonesia

Prambanan

This massive complex is made up of hundreds of smaller temples that date back to the ninth century.
Sukawati, Indonesia

Goa Gajah

The name of this ancient Indonesian temple translates as "Elephant Cave" but it could be more accurately called "The Hellmouth."
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Castle Hill Funicular

Built in 1870 at the bridge that connected Buda and Pest, this spectacular incline railway was almost lost forever during World War II.
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kyteler's Inn

The oldest inn in Kilkenny was established by the first convicted witch in Ireland.
Dublin, Ireland

The Long Room Library at Trinity College

The gorgeous library at Trinity College is home to remarkable treasures of Irish identity.
Rome, Italy

Temple of Hercules Victor

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

Temple of Portunus

This small, ancient Roman temple was once a church dedicated to the patron saint of penitents.
Rome, Italy

Tarpeian Rock

In the early Roman Empire, people deemed traitors and criminals were tossed to their deaths from this rock.
Rome, Italy

Meridian Line of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs

Installed in an act of one-upsmanship, the annual sundial in this church is also a symbolic victory for the Gregorian calendar.
Rome, Italy

The Catacombs of San Sebastian

Jesus' footprints and the first catacombs in the world.