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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town Walls Basketball Courts

Picturesque basketball courts sheltered by historical defensive walls and with an enviable sea view.
Chioggia, Italy

Vigo Bridge

A bridge to rival those in nearby Venice but without the crowds.
Tainan City, Taiwan

Tainan Confucius Temple

The first Confucian temple in Taiwan, founded by the son of a pirate lord, doubled as the island's first state-sponsored school.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Nhớ Tuyết

For a taste of Vietnamese gastropub culture, look no further than this convivial seafood joint that stays open till midnight.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Reunification Palace

Meant to be a lavish presidential home, the palace became a symbol of the fall of South Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Saigon Central Post Office

This French colonial post office is arguably the grandest in all of Southeast Asia.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

Witnesses claim the Virgin Mary statue outside the church once mysteriously shed a single tear.
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Het Wittehuis

The oldest skyscraper of Europe now stands dwarfed by the surrounding structures.
Banff, Alberta

Banff Park Museum

The oldest natural history museum in western Canada houses more than 5,000 vintage botanical and zoological specimens.
Albacete, Spain

Pasaje de Lodares

Built in 1925, this glass-roofed shopping arcade is known for its modernist Italian architecture.
Calgary, Alberta

Calgary's Utility Box Art

Decorated by local artists, the city's utility boxes have become three-dimensional canvases.
Mumbai, India

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

An architectural marvel that combines Gothic architecture with Indian elements.
Banff, Alberta

Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station

Since its original beginnings as a weather observatory mountaintop, this facility played an instrumental role in gathering atmospheric data for almost 100 years.
Lisbon, Portugal

Pastéis de Belém

Eat the ultimate iteration of Portugal's most beloved pastry.
Skopje, North Macedonia

The Statues of Skopje

These abundant, over-the-top monuments are so widely scattered that they define the entire compact capital cityscape, often leading to jokes about whether there are more statues than residents.
Basel, Switzerland

Münster Reaction Ferry

This ferry carries passengers across the Rhine propelled by no engine or paddles but by the river's current.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

National Holocaust Monument

The mirrored section takes the shape of Hebrew characters when viewed from above.
Sucevița, Romania

Suceviţa Monastery

This fortress-like monastery is covered with intricate frescoes.
Mannheim, Germany

Mannheim Quadratestadt

In this German city center, the streets have no names.
Berlin, Germany

Pressecafé Mural

A prime example of socialist modernist architecture, wrapped in a enormous fresco about the media.
Budapest, Hungary

Memorial for Victims of the German Occupation

A highly-criticized monument in Budapest has become the site of a makeshift Holocaust memorial.
Houston, Texas

Houston Airport Subway

The only airport with a people mover system designed by Walt Disney Imagineering.
Berlin, Germany

Hansaviertel

In the summer of 1957, a massive architectural exhibition showed off the future of urban living in this German neighborhood.
Madrid, Spain

The Sun on The Floor of La Puerta del Sol

This little sun pays homage to a massive gate that once stood at this location.