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Naples, Italy

Bar Nilo

Locals pay their respects at a shrine to soccer player Diego Maradona—which claims to contain a real lock of his hair.
Hastings, England

Saint Clement's Caves

A former smuggler's haven houses "The Chapel" and its mysterious carvings.
Oxford, England

Magdalen College Gargoyles

A cornucopia of gargoyles adorns the oldest portion of Oxford’s Magdalen College.
Battle, England

The Battle Tapestry

This modern artwork, inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, tells Battle's early history following the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest.
Lewes, England

The Lewes Shark Weather Vane

This toothy tower topper commemorates a valuable shark that washed ashore nearby.
Jevington, England

The Birthplace of Banoffi Pie

This blue plaque commemorates the unexpected origin of one of the world's most beloved deserts.
Glastonbury, England

Chalice Well (The Red Spring)

An ancient well nestled at the foot of Glastonbury Tor, shrouded in Arthurian legend and revered for its purported healing waters.
Lyme Regis, England

Mary Anning Statue

A beautiful bronze statue of the greatest fossil hunter of the 19th century.
Tarragona, Spain

Santiago Padrós Locomotion Mosaic

This work of art was conceived as a mosaic originally designed to decorate a car dealership.
Hastings, England

The Piece of Cheese Cottage

This tiny triangular cottage is one of a kind in England, and has housed everything from a watchmaker's studio to coffin storage.
Hastings, England

William the Conqueror's Dining Stone

Tradition says that William the Conqueror dined on this stone after landing his Norman invasion fleet nearby.
Hastings, England

Marine Court

This seaside property, an example of Art Deco Streamline Moderne style, was designed to embody the curves of a great ship.
Los Angeles, California

Jim Morrison Mural

Legendary frontman of the Doors looms in this giant mural by famed Venice muralist, Rip Cronk.
Los Angeles, California

Venice of America Canals

After starting as a whimsical tourist attraction that eventually found its way to ruin, these renovated canals offer a lush and exotic locale on the Pacific Coast.
Los Angeles, California

Peano's Faces of Venice Beach

The real faces of Venice beach captured on Romanesque columns.
Monterey, California

Doc Ricketts' Lab

Steinbeck's old stomping grounds, immortalized in Cannery Row.
Yosemite National Park, California

The Ahwahnee Hotel

The interior of the Overlook Hotel in "The Shining" was based on this Yosemite original.
Yosemite National Park, California

Horsetail Fall's Firefall

Under the right circumstances, this waterfall in Yosemite briefly turns a luminescent fiery orange.
Joshua Tree, California

The Station Joshua Tree

Meet 'Big Josh,' the 20-foot-tall muffler man.
Salisbury, England

Old Sarum Castle

This modest relic, with rich history as a strategic fort through multiple eras.
Salisbury, England

High Street Gate

This gate served as a small lock-up jail in the 14th century.
Vatican City

'Angels Unawares'

The first statue to be added to Saint Peter's Square in over 350 years is an ode to migrants and refugees around the world.
Rome, Italy

Tomb of Eurysaces the Baker

A freedman baker’s lavish tomb has a relief showing various stages of Roman bread making.
Granada, Spain

Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte

A museum dedicated to the centuries-old cave dwellings that housed marginalized communities on the outskirts of the former capital of Muslim Spain.