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Sintra, Portugal

Quinta da Regaleira

Eccentrically decorated palace and gardens replete with grottoes, fountains, underground tunnels, caves, and numerous statues.
38.7963, -9.3960
Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont Saint-Michel

This 1,300 year old monastery built atop a single rock was once only accessible depending on the whims of the tide
48.6352, -1.5105
336 ancient columns
Istanbul, Turkey

Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul

A marvel of Byzantine engineering under the streets of Istanbul
41.0087, 28.9778
The temple by night
Madrid, Spain

Templo de Debod

An ancient Egyptian temple in the middle of Madrid, Spain
40.4253, -3.7173
Bruges, Belgium

Basilica of the Holy Blood

Christ's blood preserved in a Belgian town
51.2089, 3.2272
Salamanca, Spain

Cathedral of Salamanca's Astronaut

The Cathedral of Salamanca has a number of unusual carvings but none so surprising as a modern astronaut
40.9650, -5.6630
Brussels, Belgium

Mini-Europe

Theme park featuring miniature replicas of European monuments
50.8957, 4.3392
La Dune du Pyla
La Teste-de-Buch, France

La Dune du Pyla

Bordered by forest on three sides and the ocean on the other, the Great Dune of Pyla is the highest sand dune in Europe
44.6188, -1.1579
Brussels, Belgium

The atomium

Climb inside an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times its normal size
50.8949, 4.3411
London, England

Temple Church

An unusual round church in London with a sordid past
51.5131, -0.1103
The cat and the rat
Dublin, Ireland

Oddities of Christ Church Cathedral

The mummified heart of a saint beats in the basement - or did, until someone took it
53.3433, -6.2716
Merzouga, Morocco

Erg Chebbi

God's Saharan sandbox of wrath
31.0992, -4.0117
The region of Cappadocia (Capadokya) is located in central Turkey, and is the setting for one of the strangest landscapes in the world. The deep valleys and soaring rock formations are volcanic rock formations, slowing eroding away to create the strange "Fairy Chimneys" (so called because locals thought they were so magical and extraordinary that only fairies could have created them). Many of these fairy chimneys have been hollowed out by industrious ancient people, who created homes, chapels, tombs and pigeon houses from the soft, carve-able rock. They also tunneled below, creating underground cities, some 8 stories down.
Aksaray Merkez, Turkey

Cappadocia

Entire cities carved into ancient volcanic rock formations
38.4174, 34.1382
Items for sale in a blue alley in Chefchaouen. (magda-maciek/Flickr)
Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen

Founded as a refugee camp, now a popular tourist spot
35.1714, -5.2697
Idanha-a-Nova Municipality, Portugal

The Village of Monsanto

Houses tucked between, on, and underneath giant boulders
40.0394, -7.1142
Antequera, Spain

Torcal de Antequera

Rare karst landscape eroded from a flat seabed
37.0194, -4.5629
The tomb of Ines de Castro at the Monastery of Alcobaca
Alcobaça, Portugal

Tomb of Ines de Castro

The Corpse Bride of Portugal
39.5481, -8.9793
Horses - Stables Market
London, England

Stables Market

Catacombs turned marketplace
51.5424, -0.1477
Málaga, Spain

Crypt of Santa Maria de la Victoria

Bold black and white motifs of life and death add a dramatic flair to this 17th-century crypt
36.7280, -4.4124