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Istanbul, Turkey

Nakilbent Cistern

A sixth-century Byzantine cistern hidden below a modern carpet store.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Mongolian Railway History Museum

A collection of old steam and diesel locomotives sitting in a fenced-off garden.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Beatles Monument

A beloved tribute to the Fab Four and the freedoms they inspired.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Centre of Shaman Eternal Heavenly Sophistication

A nondescript dirt lot hides an intriguing center of shamanic healing.
Shammar, Mongolia

The Mother Tree

This spiritual landmark for practicers of Shamanism is drenched in milk and vodka and covered in blue scarves.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Genghis Khan Statue Complex

Enormous statue of the Emperor of the Mongols.
Aksaray, Turkey

Cappadocia

In this historic region, homes and churches are carved into ancient volcanic rock formations.
Paris, France

Jules Lavirotte's 29 Avenue Rapp

A scandalous Art Nouveau collaboration that set Paris all atwitter at the turn of the century.
Paris, France

Père Lachaise Cemetery

France's most famous cemetery, with some of its most curious tombs.
Mexico City, Mexico

Dualidad Mural

This immense scene of a cosmic battle between a jaguar and serpent illustrates the Aztec concept of the duality of life.
Mexico City, Mexico

'El Perfil del Tiempo'

A "time traveler's" vision of human history stretches throughout Mexico City's Copilco metro station.
Mexico City, Mexico

Ocelotl Cuauhxicalli

This colossal ancient jaguar sculpture was used as a vessel for the hearts torn from sacrificial victims.
Mexico City, Mexico

Plaza Santos Degollado

A grand entrance to one of the world's smallest Chinatowns.
Mexico City, Mexico

Mosaic Votive Skull

The turquoise-studded skull of a long-dead Aztec man sits within Mexico City’s Museum of Anthropology.
Mexico City, Mexico

The Ex-Votos of Churubusco

These unusual paintings give thanks to the saints and deities who granted people favors and miracles.
Mexico City, Mexico

Secretariat of Public Education Murals

Diego Rivera hid various people and symbols in his first large-scale mural project.
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

Tacubaya's Subway Mural

Inside a busy metro station, an impressive mural depicts the prehispanic city of Tenochtitlán.
Mexico City, Mexico

National Museum of Anthropology Murals

The unique collection often goes unnoticed by visitors focused only on the archaeological objects.
Mexico City, Mexico

Monumento a la Revolución

Many people don't realize there’s a lot going on in—and below—the world’s tallest triumphal arch.
Tlalnepantla, Mexico

Pyramids of Tenayuca

A barbarous band of serpents guard the bases of these Aztec temples.
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

La Casa Azul

Frida Kahlo's childhood home, now a museum of her life and works.
Mexico City, Mexico

Mercado San Juan

CDMX's home for the world's culinary delights.