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Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau State Circus

This abandoned Soviet circus is slowly being restored to its Communist-era glory.
47.0373, 28.8493
Facade of the store
Jeffersonville, Indiana

Schimpff's Confectionery

This candy shop has been serving up sweets to the Louisville area since the 1850s.
38.2726, -85.7414
The Lalish shrine.
Al-Shikhan, Iraq

Lalish Temple

The sacred shrine of the Yazidis, an obscure ancient Mesopotamian religion that's been persecuted for centuries.
36.7716, 43.3041
The monument and its surroundings.
Georgia

Russia–Georgia Friendship Monument

A cylinder monument with a spectacular vista commemorates a friendship that some say never existed.
42.4922, 44.4530
Aerial view of the Erbil citadel (also known as Hawler Castle)
Erbil, Iraq

Erbil Citadel

An ancient fortified mound raised over the millennia from settlements built one on top of the other.
36.1915, 44.0092
Sheikh Hamad-al Nil Tomb.
Omdurman, Sudan

Sheikh Hamad-al Nil Tomb

Every Friday, Sufi dervishes whirl around the tomb in a trance-like state as part of a sacred ritual called dhikr.
15.6251, 32.4644
"Red Terror" Martyrs' Memorial Museum.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Red Terror Martyrs' Memorial Museum

A powerful tribute to the victims who suffered under Ethiopia's most devastating regime.
9.0100, 38.7631
The front gate to the missile base.
Yermolaivka, Ukraine

Museum of Strategic Missile Troops

Last remaining nuclear missile base in Ukraine.
48.1697, 30.6949
Schwangau, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle

The fairy tale castle of the "fairy-tale king."
47.5574, 10.7495
The Eagle's Nest
Berchtesgaden, Germany

The Eagle's Nest

Soaring over 6,000 feet in the Bavarian Alps, this beer garden was once Hitler's 50th birthday present.
47.6114, 13.0421
Exhibit in the Zeppelin Museum
Friedrichshafen, Germany

Zeppelin Museum

Enter the cabin of a life-sized Hindenburg replica.
47.6618, 9.4800
Berchtesgaden Salt Mine
Berchtesgaden, Germany

Berchtesgaden Salt Mine

Dress up like a miner and take a slide into the disco-lit depths of this once foundational salt mine.
47.6314, 13.0042
MV Plassy in 1962
Galway, Ireland

MV Plassy

A steam trawler with a whiskey-soaked history driven ashore in 1960 resides rusty but still standing on the shoreline.
53.0558, -9.5038
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
Amna Suraka Prison
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Amna Suraka Prison

A bloody history is captured in this prison turned museum.
35.5634, 45.4260
Chollima Statue
Pyongyang, North Korea

Chollima Statue

This North Korean pegasus statue was built as a symbol of the speed and perseverance of North Korean workers.
39.0379, 125.7424
Pyongyang, North Korea

Mangyongdae Funfair

This abandoned-looking amusement park is frighteningly open for business.
39.0071, 125.6512
(WikiCommons)
Islamabad, Pakistan

Faisal Mosque

Space-age minarets towering over Islamabad.
33.7280, 73.0396
Taxila ruins
Wah, Pakistan

Ancient City of Taxila

A mere stone's throw from Islamabad exists a spectacular display of three millennia of humanity's progress.
33.7458, 72.7875
(Flickr/a1245)
Lahore, Pakistan

Badshahi Mosque

17th century mosque used for war more than worship.
31.5881, 74.3101
Akna, Azerbaijan

Ağdam

Azerbaijani ghost town, decaying after a war left it an armed forces buffer zone.
39.9931, 46.9306
Khor Virap Monastery
Lusarat, Armenia

Khor Virap Monastery

The most visited pilgrimage site in Armenia once held a saint in a pit for 13 years.
39.8783, 44.5761
The relief that saved the monastery from Mongols
Yeghegnadzor, Armenia

Noravank Monastery

Nestled in a peaceful valley, this Armenian monastery may have been saved from Mongols thanks to the eyes of God.
39.6841, 45.2329
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik Maskeron

Gargoyle head that brings good luck.
42.6417, 18.1077