✮ The Biltmore Estate gardens, Ashville, NC. One of those amazing places that you have to see to grasp the size. You can stand at one end of the house and see Mt Pisgah, 20 miles away, at one time the Vanderbilts owned all of the land betwenn this "home" and that mountain. It is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet.
The Acropolis, built in the 5th century B.C. to glorify Greece following its defeat of the Persians at the Battle of Marathon, stands awesome and aloof on its limestone mesa above hectic modern Athens. Its shimmering, white-marble Parthenon (top right) is among the most recognizable structures on Earth.