The Salt Cathedral lies 200 metres below the surface of Zipaquirá, Colombia.
Walter E. Scott performed in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, scammed thousands of dollars with a fake gold mine, set a cross-country train speed record, and claimed to be building a castle in the midst of Death Valley.
The Cloaca Maxima in Rome is one of the world’s first sewer systems. It still works today, and with good reason: it has its own goddess.
Imagine an elevator with no doors that never stops: this is the paternoster lift.
The pyramid of Amanishakheto stood for nearly two thousand years, until an Italian looter blew it up.
The Tiger Hill Pagoda in Suzhou, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, leans to one side by several degrees.
The Church of One Tree in Santa Rosa, California, was built in 1873 out of a single giant redwood tree.
The houses in the Transylvanian city Sibiu are watching you.
The bridges depicted on the Euro banknotes were fictional… until the Dutch city Spijkenisse built them all.
In 1978 the structural engineer of the Citigroup Center skyscraper learned of a fatal flaw in the design that could cause the tower to topple in high winds. Over the next three months a team raced to secretly repair it at night.
Antarctica has eight churches: four Catholic, one non-denominational, and three Eastern orthodox.
Some people will go to absurd lengths to get revenge on their neighbours – including building houses purely out of spite.
The shamir is described in the Talmud and Midrash as a tool capable of slicing through solid stone, iron, and diamond – but was it a worm, a laser, or a radioactive rock?
One of the earliest amusement park dark rides was a trip from Coney Island to the Moon and back.
In 1687 Ottoman-controlled Athens, the Venetians blew up the Parthenon. The Ottomans built a mosque from its ruins.
Masaccio’s Holy Trinity is possibly the earliest surviving work of art to use a single vanishing point. His work and that of Brunelleschi triggered a Renaissance explosion of mathematical perspective in art.