Gary, Indiana

City Methodist Church

This stunning gothic ruin was a casualty of the Indiana steel industry crash
24 Oct 2014
Los Angeles, California

Los Feliz Murder Mansion

Left untouched since a double murder-suicide in the 1960s, Los Feliz mansion remains a neighborhood mystery
24 Oct 2014
Alamo, Nevada

The Black Mailbox

Mysterious meeting place for UFO hunters near Area 51
24 Oct 2014
Shingo, Japan

Tomb of Jesus Christ

A small Japanese village claims to be the final resting place of the son of God (and God's other son's ear)
24 Oct 2014
Chicago, Illinois

Leather Archives & Museum

Chicago's museum dedicated to the history of bondage and fetishism is more textbook than titillation
24 Oct 2014
Great Meadows, New Jersey

Shades of Death Road

This ominously named New Jersey street seems to be attracting over-the-top legends of its own making
24 Oct 2014


The Best New Wonders of October

by Allison Meier / 24 Oct 2014

The foundation of Atlas Obscura is contributed by intrepid users around the world, out exploring the places no one else is noticing, or delving into history that's been all but forgotten. Here we are highlighting five of our favorite recent additions to the Atlas. Have a place we've missed? Create an account and become a part of our community.

Bali, Indonesia

article-imageTrunyan Cemetery (photograph by Yusuf IJsseldijk/Wikimedia)

For centuries in a Bali village, the dead of the Bali Aga people have been placed out in the open beneath a giant banyan tree. The Trunyan cemetery added to Atlas Obscura by cum2tekuiti is actually a practical solution to death's unpleasant decomposition. The smell from the tree reportedly masks the scent of decay. 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

article-imageSome of the bacteria residents at Micropia (via

Opened in 2014, Micropia in Amsterdam is the world's first microbe zoo. Added by labatteg to Atlas Obscura, this incredible space focuses on the bacteria that live on and around us, with exhibitions of petri dishes with cultures. A microbiology lab on site tends to and grows new specimens. 

New York, New York

article-imageRadio City's secret apartment (photograph by Luke J. Spencer)

Even a heavily-trafficked destination like New York's Radio City Music Hall has its secrets. High above the stage is a hidden apartment. Added by Luke J. Spencer, who also contributed photographs, the apartment is almost perfectly preserved from when it was built in the 1930s, with 20-foot ceilings adorned in gold leaf and plush furnishings.