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New Harmony, Indiana
The Roofless Church
This open air cathedral invites all faiths to worship under the only roof big enough to fit them all: the sky.
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Koreshan State Historic Site
Former utopian colony based on the belief that the universe exists in a hollow sphere.
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This experimental utopian "city of the future" in rural India may hold a dark secret.
The Drowned Church of Potosi
A town church once nearly submerged by the damming of a river is now hauntingly visible as the water recedes.
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A Buddhist temple to honor insects that died for science.
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Hòa Hải, Vietnam
Am Phu Cave
This Vietnamese hell cave lets visitors take a walk through a devilish underworld full of demons.
Added by Amy Dupcak
Fontanelle Cemetery Caves
Skulls from the plague of 1656 and the bombings of WWII united by a cult dedicated to caring for the ancient dead.
Added by Annetta Black
A Japanese shrine to dolls
The Bones of the Wawel Dragon
Real bones which are said to have belonged to a Polish dragon
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Notre-Dame de la Garde's Nautical Ex-Voto
Sky ships, planes, and portraits left as unique tokens of hope and thankfulness
Added by philoursmars
Salt Lake City, Utah
Gilgal Sculpture Garden
A hidden garden of stones engraved with scriptures, a Joseph Smith Sphynx, and all carved by one man
The Unfinished Church
Storms, funding, and in-fighting have kept this Bermuda church from ever being completed
Added by Ella Morton
The tallest building in Iceland, and certainly one of the most visually impressive
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On the Street with Saint Death in Tepito, Mexico
August 21, 2014
Clootie Wells: Where the Trees Are Weighed Down in Rotting Rags
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Climbing Meteora, a Dramatic World Suspended in the Sky
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Los Angeles, California
Aetherius Society's American Headquarters
"Prepare yourself! You are to become the voice of Interplanetary Parliament."
Added by Rachel
Cathedral of St. Helena
Modeled after a famous church in Vienna, Austria—but in Helena, Montana
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