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Cologne, Germany

Shrine of the Three Kings

The bones of the Biblical Magi traveled to Constantinople and Milan before landing in their current home inside an elaborate golden reliquary in the Cologne Cathedral.
Washington, D.C.

Spanish Steps

A terrace reminiscent of Rome's Spanish Steps is tucked away in a little park in Washington, D.C.
Leiden, Netherlands

Temple of Taffeh

An ancient Egyptian temple sits within a modern European museum.
Leiden, Netherlands

Bibliotheca Thysiana

This public library and its impressive collection of academic books have not changed since the 17th century.
Leiden, Netherlands

Het Roze Huisje (Pink House)

This 17th-century house has a long and colorful history.
Colchester, England

Jumbo Water Tower

The largest Victorian water tower in Britain.
Washington, D.C.

'Spirit of the Haida Gwaii'

A glimpse of the Pacific Northwest‘s indigenous culture in Washington, D.C.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

De Riekermolen

A beautifully rebuilt windmill from the 17th century, situated along the Amstel River.
Paris, France

Le Moulin de la Galette

Montmartre's sole surviving windmill became an iconic landmark for 19th-century painters, artists, and bohemians.
Washington, D.C.

Cutts-Madison House

After James Madison's death, his wife and former First Lady Dolley Madison lived in this yellow building near the White House.
Washington, D.C.

Library Of Congress Gutenberg Bible

One of the three perfect vellum copies of this historic book known to exist is on display in a specially-designed case.
Washington, D.C.

George Washington University's River Horse

The hippo that stands on this university campus was once a drunken flea market purchase.
Hay-on-Wye, Wales

The Kingdom of Books

In 1977, an eccentric book lover formed a micronation for book lovers.
Littlestown, Pennsylvania

Tire Sculptures of Breighner’s Tire Center

Intricate, eye-catching, award-winning rubber sculptures liven up this Pennsylvania town.
Oak Park, Illinois

Unity Temple

After an Illinois church was struck by lightning and burned down, Frank Lloyd Wright designed this replacement.
Estes Park, Colorado

The Stanley Hotel

Paranormal experiences in this hotel's room 217 led Stephen King to write "The Shining."
Lisbon, Portugal

Pastéis de Belém

Eat the ultimate iteration of Portugal's most beloved pastry.
East Molesey, England

Anne Boleyn's Gateway

Carved initials which are nearly 500 years old preserve the deposed Queen's presence at Hampton Court Palace.
East Molesey, England

Chocolate Kitchen at Hampton Court Palace

In 2013, historians discovered a hidden room devoted to the art of making royals' hot chocolate.
East Molesey, England

Hampton Court Maze

England's oldest surviving hedge maze has been confusing visitors for over 300 years.
London, England

The Mousetrap at St. Martin's Theatre

The world's longest continuously running show has played at this small West End theater since 1974.
London, England

Traitors' Gate

The watery entrance for condemned prisoners heading to the Tower of London is still visible along the Thames.
Lisbon, Portugal

As Bifanas do Afonso

Get in line for Lisbon’s most famous sandwich.
Windsor, England

'The Queen' Locomotive

A replica of the steam engine that hauled Queen Victoria's Royal Train is on display at Windsor.