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Vilaplana, Spain

La Mussara

Now a pile of ruins and rubble, this was a lovely mountain town as recently as 1960.
41.2522, 1.0285
Tbilisi, Georgia

Leaning Tower of Tbilisi

Disheveled clock tower of Tbilisi's puppet theatre.
41.6958, 44.8066
Closer look on the former refugee camp
Tbilisi, Georgia

The Iveria

Luxury hotel turned into a refugee camp, then turned back into a luxury hotel.
41.7041, 44.7934
Istanbul, Turkey

Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul

A marvel of Byzantine engineering under the streets of Istanbul.
41.0084, 28.9779
6th Century Image of Saint Simeon
Syria

Church of Saint Simeon the Stylite

What is left of the pillar of Saint Simeon, the voluntary martyr who climbed the column to give his sermons, remaining perched there for thirty-seven years.
36.3341, 36.8442
Krak des Chevaliers
Safita, Syria

Krak des Chevaliers

Ruins of the Crusaders' headquarters.
34.7569, 36.2944
Palmyra, Syria

Palmyra

Mysterious lost empire of the Silk Road.
34.5511, 38.3025
Aksum, Ethiopia

Obelisk of Axum

Massive stele returned to Ethiopia after 70 years in Rome.
14.1318, 38.7141
Shibam, Yemen

Shibam

A city built from mud and known as the "Manhattan of the desert."
15.9266, 48.6260
London, England

Sir Richard Burton's Tent-Tomb

Eclectic final resting place of the controversial explorer.
51.4681, -0.2618
Skansen
Stockholm, Sweden

Skansen Open Air Museum

Sweden's "good old days" painstakingly re-created in a model village.
59.3244, 18.1013
Angel in West Highgate
London, England

Highgate Cemetery

London's creepiest cemetery was once the site of dueling magicians and mobs of stake-carrying vampire hunters.
51.5675, -0.1483
Turkmenistan

The Gates of Hell

Fiery crater that has been burning since 1971.
40.2522, 58.4397