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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Astronomical Clock

Macabre astrological automaton clock dating to the late 1400s
50.0870, 14.4208
Boston, Massachusetts

Mapparium

An enormous, inside-out glass globe built in 1935
42.3455, -71.0868
Medical Ed. Photo by Annetta Black
Seattle, Washington

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

100 year old purveyor of curiosities, curios, and kitsch featuring mummies, shrunken heads and a Fiji Mermaid
47.6042, -122.3390
Higashiyama Ward, Japan

Sanjusangendo

1001 carved statues of the Buddhist God of Mercy, each with a unique face
34.9882, 135.7717
Vienna, Austria

The Lost Garden of Schloss Schonbrunn

The topiary maze at the Habsburg hunting lodge
48.1848, 16.3122
Bete Giyorgis
Lalibela, Ethiopia

Bete Giyorgis of Lalibela

An Ethiopian "Jerusalem" featuring a church hewn out of a single rock
12.0364, 39.0467
Namibia

Kolmanskop Ghost Town

The remains of diamond fever taken over by the desert
-26.6837, 15.2349
Wall detail
Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

Sedlec Ossuary "Bone Church"

A church of bones, decorated with 40,000 human skeletons
49.9482, 15.2676
Seattle, Washington

Fremont Troll

A giant Troll lurks under a Seattle bridge overpass
47.6523, -122.3473
Père Lachaise in snow
Paris, France

Père Lachaise Cemetery

France's most famous cemetery, with some of its most curious tombs
48.8594, 2.3910
The concert hall
Postojna, Slovenia

Postojna caves

A miniature train-ride through Slovenia's largest cave system
45.7823, 14.2045
Vintage postcard showing the Portals of the Past
San Francisco, California

Portals of the Past

The remains of a ruined mansion memorialize the 1906 earthquake
37.7708, -122.4825
Giant seagull terrorizing miniature farm.
The Hague, Netherlands

Madurodam

A miniature city, once ruled by the Queen of the Netherlands
52.0995, 4.2969
Varlaam Monastery
Kalabaka, Greece

Meteora

Monasteries on rock pillars, once accessible only by frayed ropes
39.7142, 21.6311
View of the ruins from the hillside. The original stairs would have come down on the far left. The curved edge of the original aquarium and the outline of the diving well are on the right.
San Francisco, California

Ruins of the Sutro Baths

The seawater playground of gilded-era San Francisco burned to the ground in 1966
37.7799, -122.5137
Liberation Army Soldier
Budapest, Hungary

Memento Park

Budapest's Communist-era statues, banished to the suburbs
47.4250, 19.0026
336 ancient columns
Istanbul, Turkey

Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul

A marvel of Byzantine engineering under the streets of Istanbul
41.0087, 28.9778
Mystery Tomb
Plymouth, Trinidad and Tobago

Mystery Tomb

A three-centuries-old crypt in the foothills of an old plantation
11.2220, -60.7763
A view underground
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Underground

A walk through the historic city center, under the streets of Seattle
47.6018, -122.3341
The descent of the snake god
Mexico

Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chich'en Itza

Every equinox this Mayan pyramid puts on a spooky ancient light show
20.6816, -88.5677
Alchemic ingredients on display
Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

Alchemy Museum / Muzeum Alchymie

Museum of Alchemy and basement Laboratory in an ancient building with a Prince's Oratory in a Gothic Tower
49.9498, 15.2686
Drumheller, Canada

The Hoodoos of Drumheller Valley

Hoodoos, naturally eroded land formations, stand 20 feet tall in the Canadian badlands
51.4619, -112.7163
Oslo, Norway

Fram Museum

Housing the famous Norwegian ice-defying 19th century polar exploration ship
59.9032, 10.6985
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Floralis Generica

105-foot wide giant metallic flower blooms anew every day in the heart of Buenos Aires
-34.5815, -58.3936