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Guildford, England

Guildford Lido

This public pool is one of the last remaining lidos of the countless built in the 1930's as public works projects in the United Kingdom.
Clayton, Georgia

"Eye of God" rapid, Chattooga River

A curious whirlpool formation supposedly capable of entangling or engulfing branches, tree trunks, or whole rafts full of hapless tourists.
Roudbar Alamout, Iran

Alamut Castle

This ruined fortress was the stronghold for a persecuted medieval leader and his infamous Assassins.
Lahore, Pakistan

Lahore Fort Elephant Path

These stairs were built to accommodate royals mounted on elephants.
Bran, Romania

Bran Castle

The possible imprisonment of Vlad the Impaler here earned the medieval castle its nickname, "Dracula's Castle."
Tallinn, Estonia

Old Thomas

The Guardian of Tallinn.
Helsinki, Finland

Temppeliaukio Church

A subterranean house of worship carved right out of the bedrock.
Mdina, Malta

Mdina's Neo-Gothic House

This unique building in the main square stands out among the city's typically Baroque architecture.
Takht Bhai, Pakistan

Takht-i-Bahi

One of the last surviving ancient Buddhist sites in the region, it escaped the brunt of several Hun invasions thanks to its remote location.
Szatmárcseke, Hungary

Szatmárcseke Calvinist Cemetery

Hundreds of boat-shaped headstones fill this graveyard as part of a centuries-old custom with mysterious origins.
Budapest, Hungary

The Holy Right

Mummified holy right fist of a 1,000-year-old Saint-king.
Sevastopol, Crimea

The 'Valley of Death'

This vineyard was the site of the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade.
Shiraz, Iran

Shah Cheragh

Mirrors and glass shards cover every inch of this arrestingly beautiful mosque.
Kyiv, Ukraine

Holodomor Victims Memorial

The haunting complex honors the millions of Ukrainians who died in the forced famine under Soviet rule.
Georgia

Anatori Burial Vaults

Legend says these stone structures are where the doomed citizens of a vanished village sent themselves to die.
Kabul, Afghanistan

Marjan the Lion Memorial

This monument honors the life of a long-suffering lion whose story captivated the world.
Kabul, Afghanistan

OMAR Mine Museum

A sobering museum dedicated to landmines and the personnel working to remove them from Afghanistan.
Stepanakert, Azerbaijan

We Are Our Mountains

This striking icon of the Republic of Artsakh micronation caused a stir at a Eurovision Song Contest.
Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau State Circus

This abandoned Soviet circus is slowly being restored to its Communist-era glory.
Jeffersonville, Indiana

Schimpff's Confectionery

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

Lalish Temple

The sacred shrine of the Yazidis.
Georgia

Russia–Georgia Friendship Monument

A cylinder monument with a spectacular vista commemorates a friendship that some say never existed.
Erbil, Iraq

Erbil Citadel

An ancient fortified mound raised over the millennia from settlements built one on top of the other.
Al Matammah, Sudan

Battle of Abu Klea Memorial

A remote monument to one of the fiercest battles fought by the Victorian British Army.