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It is a private residence but the building can be seen from the outside.
Minsk, Belarus

Lee Harvey Oswald's Apartment in Minsk

The apartment building where JFK's assassin lived after defecting to the Soviet Union.
53.9087, 27.5712
This small museum is a fascinating spot for those interested in teratology.
Hrodna, Belarus

Museum of Malformations of the Human Body

This rare collection of human deformities displays fetuses with two faces, one eye, and "mermaid" legs.
53.6778, 23.8311
Minski rajon, Belarus

The Stalin Line

Remains of the old fortification along the Western border of the USSR, now an elaborate defense museum.
54.0577, 27.2912
Minsk, Belarus

National Library of Belarus

Glowing orb in Minsk houses 8,600,000 items
53.9312, 27.6463
Brest Hero-Fortress
Brest, Belarus

Brest Hero-Fortress

Thanks to its heroic service during WWII this Soviet castle has been turned into a monument lorded over by a brutalist titan
52.0832, 23.6589
Museum of Confiscated Art
Brest, Belarus

Museum of Confiscated Art

A small museum in this border city displays the contraband art that has been stolen back from smugglers
52.0867, 23.6865
Chopin's Heart
Warsaw, Poland

Chopin's Heart

Chopin's heart was taken from his body when he died and buried in a church where it was recently exhumed for a secret check up
52.2388, 21.0168
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw Fotoplastikon

A 19th-century picture show in 3-D
52.2289, 21.0085
You'll never unsee it now.
Washington, Washington, D.C.

Washington Monument Marble Stripe

Look closely and you’ll notice that the color changes a third of the way up the tower.
38.8903, -77.0332
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Finland

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Rent out a glass igloo to watch the Northern Lights like you live in the future
68.3335, 27.3367
Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church as it appears today
Inari, Finland

Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church

This disused church, left to the elements of the Arctic Circle's forests is open for exploration
68.9515, 27.1155
The world's largest knitted mitten in Lovikka, Sweden.
Pajala N, Sweden

Lovikkavanten (Lovikka Mitten Statue)

The world’s largest knitted mitten is displayed in one of Sweden’s smallest Arctic villages.
67.3390, 22.5955
The Snow Castle looms over the Bothnian Bay in 2006
Kemi, Finland

Kemi Snow Castle

Castle and surrounding structures built anew every winter
65.7266, 24.5692
Icehotel
Kiruna, Sweden

Icehotel

The world's first ice hotel is still one of the most elaborate and beautiful
67.8509, 20.5954
Tire Gorilla
Helsinki, Finland

Tire Gorilla

A giant gorilla made of used car tires sits sentinel over a Helsinki college campus
60.2273, 25.0121
We've all been there
Helsinki, Finland

Bad Bad Boy

This endearingly discomfited urinating statue commemorates the sneaky pees had by us all.
60.1559, 24.9207
Stockholm Public Library
Stockholm, Sweden

The Stadsbiblioteket (Stockholm Public Library)

The library's graceful rotunda is like a bibliophile's temple.
59.3434, 18.0548
A bell depicting the Italians young Nicholas Green helped through the donation.
Bodega Bay, California

Children's Bell Tower

A poignant memorial to a young boy whose death spurred a dramatic increase in organ donations in Italy—dubbed the "Nicholas Effect."
38.3409, -123.0518
Memorial plaque at the place of the assassination.
Stockholm, Sweden

Olof Palme Memorial Plaque

A golden plaque marks the site of the mysterious unsolved assassination of the former Swedish prime minister.
59.3366, 18.0627
Havana, Cuba

Havana's Steam Engine Museum

Cuba's historical trains remind natives of their country's sugary sweet past.
23.1305, -82.3484
Hemingway's typewriter.
Havana, Cuba

Finca Vigía

The house that birthed The Old Man and The Sea is now a museum devoted to the old man who wrote it
23.0676, -82.2960
Mausoleo Ernesto Che Guevara
Santa Clara, Cuba

Che Guevara Mausoleum

This imposing memorial contains the remains of Che Guevara — and 29 other guerrillas who died with him in Bolivia
22.4026, -79.9795
View of the valley
Trinidad, Cuba

The Manaca Iznaga Tower

An old slave lookout in Cuba's historic sugar cane fields.
21.8423, -79.8667
Partying
Trinidad, Cuba

Discoteca Ayala

Subterranean disco dance club in a Cuban cave comes with bright lights and a dark legend.
21.8084, -79.9810