The journey to Machu Picchu is epic even with relatively newfangled transportation like trains. But each year, about 25,000 people forgo the more direct routes and walk for days along the 27-mile Inca Trail to reach the ruin. Since its rediscovery a century ago, this treasure of the Inca set high in a cloud forest of the Peruvian Andes has captured imaginations worldwide. The massive stone blocks tell the story of both a sprawling agricultural zone with terracing and ancient food storehouses and an urban zone replete with temples, squares, tombs, and living quarters. If you're considering a trek to Machu Picchu, plan ahead: You can only make the hike with a licensed company, and spots book up quickly, especially in high season.
Machu Picchu, Peru
It's called 'The Lion of Lucerne," in Lucerne, Switzerland. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution. The Latin inscription is "Helvetiorum Fidei ac Virtuti" ("To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss." The lion is speared and dying. What a beautiful piece of art!