Street Performers Around the World

You've seen them: fire walkers, gold fixtures and levitators. From California to India, street performers make their living entertaining tourists and locals. Take a closer look at these modern marvels

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Adriatic Sea

Adriatic Sea

The charming clay rooftops and gleaming Adriatic Sea are just two of the attractions that make Croatia so appealing. 960 1280
Hum

Hum

Hum, Croatia, is on record for being the smallest town in the world, although it's usually full of tourists. 960 1280

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Croatian Archipelago of Islands

Croatian Archipelago of Islands

Sail around the Croatian archipelago to take in the tiny, rocky islands that dot the Adriatic Sea. 960 1280

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Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

The largest national park in Croatia, Plitvice Lakes is also a World Heritage Site. 960 1280

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Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Upon entering the city walls of Dubrovnik, one of the most popular tourist destinations, you're greeted by white marble streets and Renaissance architecture. 960 1280

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Pula Arena

Pula Arena

Built in 27 B.C., the Pula Arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheater to have four side towers preserved. 960 1280

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Hvar

Hvar

The island of Hvar is a popular port for yachts and boats off the Dalmatian Coast. 960 1280

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Euphrasian Basilica

Euphrasian Basilica

Filled with mosaics dating back to the 6th century, Euphrasian Basilica in the town of Porec is one of the best examples of Byzantine architecture in the Mediterranean. 960 1280

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Rovinj

Rovinj

Rovinj's steep, narrow streets liken it to Italy; it's a popular resort town and fishing port in Istria. 960 1280

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Diocletian's Palace

Diocletian's Palace

Diocletian's Palace was built by the Roman emperor of the same name at the turn of the 4th century in what is now the Croatian city of Split. 960 1280

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St. Donat's Church

St. Donat's Church

Inside the city of Zadar you'll find the pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donatus as well as the bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Anastasia. 960 1280

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Zagreb

Zagreb

The bustling city of Zagreb is the capital and largest city in Croatia. 960 1280

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Motovun

Motovun

Around the hilltop town of Motovun lie vineyards that produce Istrian's fine Teran and Malvazija wines. 960 1280

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1: Brazil

1: Brazil

This statue of a religious figure stands high above a South American city. 960 1280

By Artyominc (Template:Artyom Sharbatyan) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons  

2: Italy

2: Italy

This Michelangelo sculpture was completed in 1504 and now stands at the Accademia Gallery. 960 1280

By Joanbanjo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0]  

3: Japan

3: Japan

Located in the Japanese prefecture of Chiba, this statue is easily accessible from several train stations. 960 1280
4: Virginia

4: Virginia

This sculpture was inspired by a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo taken by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal. It honors all members of the U.S. Marine Corps who have died in defense of their country since 1775. 960 1280
5: Nepal

5: Nepal

Standing 143 feet tall, this statue is the largest one of this Hindu god. 960 1280

By Abhidny (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

6: Texas

6: Texas

This sculpture pays tribute to the cattle drives that took place along the Shawnee Trail. 960 1280

By Maurice Chédel (picture), Robert Summers (artist) (Own work) [GFDL via Wikimedia Commons  

7: New York City

7: New York City

This lady was given to the U.S. by France. She is a symbol of freedom. 960 1280

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8: Japan

8: Japan

This giant bronze statue stands 394 feet tall and weighs more than 4,000 tons. 960 1280
9: France

9: France

Originally called "The Poet," this bronze and marble statue by Auguste Rodin depicts a man in meditation over a powerful internal struggle. 960 1280
10: Egypt

10: Egypt

With a lion body and a human head, this statue offers no obvious clues about who created it or what its purpose was. 960 1280

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11: Easter Island

11: Easter Island

There are 887 of these statues on their Polynesian home. 960 1280

By Jantoniov (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

12: Thailand

12: Thailand

This god resides in a Buddhist temple called Wat Pho. 960 1280

By Hartmann Linge (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Answers:

Answers:

1: Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

2: David in Florence, Italy

3: The Kamagaya Great Buddha in Kamagaya, Japan

4: Marine Corps War Memorial (also called the Iwo Jima Memorial) in Arlington, Virginia

5: Lord Shiva in Bhaktapur, Nepal

6: Pioneer Plaza in Dallas

7: Statue of Liberty in N.Y.C.

8: Ushiku Daibutsu in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

9: The Thinker in Paris

10: The Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt

11: Moai on Easter Island

12: Reclining Buddha in Bangkok
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Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor

The 12,000-acre estate of Haxby Park in "Downton Abbey" owes its impressive exterior to Waddesdon Manor. The sprawling country estate in Buckinghamshire, England, was built between 1874 and 1898 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. Downton’s Mary calls the house large and rather vulgar; we call it rather divine. 960 1280

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Leeds, England

Leeds, England

Downton Abbey is set in Yorkshire County, with local cities such as Leeds mentioned in the show. The thriving city is home to more than 750,000 people, and can trace its history back to the 5th century, when the Celtic’s Kingdom of Elmet was covered by the forest of "Loidis," the origin of the name Leeds. 960 1280

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Ealing Studio

Ealing Studio

This West London studio is the oldest continuously operating film studio in the world, according to Guinness World Records. Scenes focused on Downton Abbey’s servants’ quarters were shot on the studio’s 3A and 3B stages. 960 1280

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Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

Welcome to the real Downton Abbey. Since 1679, this sprawling, 1,000-acre estate in Hampshire, England, has been home to the aristocratic Carnarvon family. Tours of the castle include the gardens and woodlands, as well as the state rooms, such as the library, which is home to nearly 6,000 books. 960 1280

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Bampton

Bampton

Many of Downton’s exterior shots have been filmed in the village of Bampton in Oxfordshire, England. Among the sites captured on film is the Church of St. Mary the Virgin (pictured), a local parish church built in the 12th century. 960 1280

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County of Yorkshire

County of Yorkshire

This historic county in Northern England serves as the fictional location for the series. With its gently rolling hills, the countryside has earned the nickname of, “God’s Own County.” That’s no exaggeration; within its borders, the county contains some of the greenest areas in all of England. 960 1280

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Malton

Malton

Downton’s characters often talk about this North Yorkshire town. The small, ancient locale, which historians say rests on the site of a former Roman settlement, is home to 4,000 people, and includes a cozy, charming market place with a number of cafes. 960 1280

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Rise Hall in Akenham

Rise Hall in Akenham

Downton’s gripping World War I scenes were filmed in Suffolk, near the village of Akenham. While you’re touring this stretch of Eastern England, check out the village: home to just 60 residents, with landmarks such this Georgian building on the site of an ancient manor house. 960 1280

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York

York

This city in North Yorkshire, England, was the site of one of the series’ most dramatic moments: John Bates’s trial for the murder of his wife, Vera. (Spoiler alert: a mutual acquaintance later helped to clear Mr. Bates’s name.) Pictured here is a city landmark, York Castle, a fortified complex build up over nine centuries. 960 1280

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Greys Court

Greys Court

Shortly after their wedding, Downton Abbey newlyweds Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley went looking for property. Their search led to this picturesque 16th-century mansion, set amid a sweeping courtyard and gardens in Oxfordshire, England. 960 1280

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