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London, England

Tower Bridge’s Dead Man’s Hole

This unassuming alcove in London’s famous Tower Bridge once served to capture, store, and display dead bodies from the River Thames.
York, England

Hidden Wonders of York Minster

Semaphore saints, a golden dragon's head, and a stone carved with religious warnings all call this cathedral home.
Inverkeithing, Scotland

Forth Bridge

A remarkable feat of Victorian engineering across the Firth of Forth.
Singapore

Kampong Lorong Buangkok

Singapore's last surviving traditional village is hidden among giant skyscrapers and modern infrastructure.
Edinburgh, Scotland

Mason's Memorial Pillars

A rare remnant of an exposition that took place nearby at the end of the 19th-century.
Edinburgh, Scotland

Regent Bridge

A roadway designed for a visiting monarch.
Bologna, Italy

Statue of Pope Gregory XIII

A large statue of Pope Gregory XIII in Bologna was disguised as Saint Petronius to avoid destruction.
Singapore

Old Hill Street Police Station

Rainbow shutters decorate this former police station.
Shanghai, China

Confucian Temple of Shanghai

A prestigious learning institute of old Shanghai.
Cambridge, England

Newton's Apple Tree, Trinity College

This tree was grafted from the actual tree that led Isaac Newton to ponder the theory of gravity.
Shanghai, China

Dr Sun Yat-sen’s Former Residence

The birthplace of modern China.
Singapore

Keppel Hill Reservoir

A former reservoir that was only recently discovered after more than 60 years of disuse.
Singapore

Japanese Cemetery Park

From prostitutes to soldiers to business men, the dead in this graveyard are a microcosm of Singapore's history with Japan.
Rome, Italy

Antoninus and Faustina Temple

An ancient Roman temple first dedicated to an emperor's wife is now a church.
York, England

Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate

This medieval church is not only notable for its architecture, but also its connection with LGBTQ+ history.
Washington, D.C.

Roman Legionnaire Modesty Shields

Railroad officials in the early 1900s sought to spare travelers the sight of Roman soldiers’ private parts.
Singapore

Keramat Kusu

Three Malay graves are at the center of an annual pilgrimage that reflects syncretic practices.
London, England

The Albert Bridge

Chelsea's soldiers were given strict orders when crossing this historic bridge.
Beyoğlu, Turkey

Camondo Stairs

A gorgeous, Gaudí-esque stairway constructed in the city of Istanbul by a prominent Jewish family.
Singapore

Mother and Child

A public statue crafted by Singapore's pioneering sculptor, Ng Eng Teng.
Venice, Italy

Church of San Giacomo di Rialto

According to tradition this is the oldest church in Venice, but its actual age is a mystery.
Rome, Italy

The Globe of the Vatican Obelisk

Legend has it that this bronze orb, which sat atop an ancient Egyptian obelisk, once held the ashes of Julius Caesar.
Bologna, Italy

Bologna Centrale Station Clock

Time has been frozen at this station since the bombing in 1980—or so it was believed.
Singapore

BooksActually

An independent bookstore and press with a large collection of local and English-language literature.