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Obscure POIs

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Nott Memorial

A grand circular structure that features a stunning façade, the enduring Nott Memorial commemorates Eliphalet Nott and dazzles visitors with its striking visage. Attributed to Edward Tuckerman Potter, the memorial was built in a Victorian style of architecture, and remains one of the most artfully designed buildings in the area to this day. A National Historic Landmark, Nott Memorial is a symbolic structure with an awe-inspiring dome characterized by a smattering of stained glass fixtures. Visitors to the building can also explore its remarkable confines that contain galleries showcasing numerous exhibitions.

Schenectady, NY, United States
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St Martin's Kirk

Steeped in history, St Martin's Kirk is one of the oldest structures of Haddington. The mysterious church is believed to be one of the rare surviving buildings built in the 1100s that stood the test of time. This Romanesque edifice served as a place of worship for both commoners and the Nunnery of St Mary – one of the largest nunneries in the region. Today, the church grounds are accessible at all times; visitors can explore the area and witness the dilapidated nave with an outer wall spotted with strange square holes, leaving onlookers both fascinated and puzzled.

Haddington, United Kingdom
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Mojave Megaphone

Set against the vast expanse of Mojave Desert sits a strange object resembling a loudspeaker. This metal object placed on two huge boulders situated on a 100-feet (30 meters) hill instantly grabs the attention of a curious soul. Aptly named as Mojave Megaphone, the mysterious iron object is shrouded in unsolved theories regarding its purpose. While many believe the object was used as a siren to warn people about possible threats and chemical tests, the actual story behind the object is known to only the person who placed it.

Baker, CA, United States
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Woodpecker Column

Located in the heart of the city and one of the busiest centers of Toronto, Woodpeckers Column stands tall against the CN tower. This fantastic attraction is popular among the tourists who are instantly impressed and amused by the column. Woodpeckers column is a 98-feet (30 meters) tall black steel structure with two giant woodpeckers on each side. The tree-like column spotted with holes is a fantastic artwork curated and installed by Fastwürms in 1997.

Toronto, ON, Canada
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Progreso Pier

In a tiny port town of Progreso lies a 6.5 kilometer long (4 miles) pier on the Gulf of Mexico. This symbolic structure, originally built as a wooden pier in 1936, underwent many changes over the years. Today, it stands strong as one of the most durable structures in the world made up of stainless steel. Offering a scenic boardwalk, Progreso Pier plays an important role in docking cargo and passenger ships. Visitors disembarking from passenger cruises can take a stroll on the pier and enjoy the vast vistas of the ocean.

Progreso, Mexico
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Zhanqiao Pier

Built in 1891, the Zhanqiao Pier stabs out into Qingdao Bay and is one of the city's most revered landmarks. The pier's tip is crowned with Huilan Pavilion, an eight-sided structure that has not only become a Qingdao symbol, but also features on the logo of a famous beer brand. Vendors cram the pavilion's interior selling everything from souvenirs to ice creams. Additionally, the pier is in close proximity to Beach Number Six and the Little Qingdao Isle, thereby making it a popular tourist spot.

Qingdao, China
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The Dragon of Wantley

According to folklore, Wantley, or modern-day Wharncliffe Crags, was inhabited by a terrorizing dragon, who tormented residents by gobbling down anything that appeared before his sight. A courageous knight took up the task of vanquishing this monster. Donning a rather deadly suit of armor, the knight battled the dragon. His last blow landed on a sensitive spot, which is poetically described by the original ballad as the “arse-gut”. Commemorating the fall of the ferocious dragon is a stonewall, carved to resemble the mammoth creature roaring in pain. Snaking the dense woods, this fascinating attraction is a must-visit.

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Knife Angel

Towering over the premises of the National Ironworks Centre is the famed contemporary structure, Knife Angel. Also known as the National Monument Against Violence & Aggression, this remarkable creation is the brainchild of artist Alfie Bradley. This powerful work of art aims to spread awareness about knife violence and pay a tribute to its victims. A close look at the sculpture will reveal messages on the blades of the knives inscribed by grieving families of the victims. A must-visit attraction for art lovers and discerning tourists alike, the Knife Angel will leave you amazed.

Morda, United Kingdom
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