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Belgrade, Serbia

Western City Gate of Belgrade

A pair of connected skyscrapers form this symbolic gateway.
Marseille, France

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations

This modern museum of Mediterranean culture is surrounded by a surreal concrete honeycomb.
Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, France

Fontaine de Vaucluse

Even France's favorite aquatic son Jacques Cousteau, couldn't get to the bottom of it.
Sofia, Bulgaria

The Largo

Sofia's legislative center is continuously reinventing itself.
Sofia, Bulgaria

National Palace of Culture

A vast Communist-era exhibition space in the Bulgarian capital.
Shipka, Bulgaria

Shipka Memorial Church

A magnificent, glittering building tucked into a tiny Bulgarian mountain town.
Sofia, Bulgaria

Statue of Sveta Sofia

"Holy Wisdom" overlooks the city that became its namesake.
Sofia, Bulgaria

The Bells Monument

"Unity, Creativity, Beauty."
Sofia, Bulgaria

Raketa Rakia

Eastern Bloc nostalgia, anybody?
Kaspichan, Bulgaria

Madara Rider

Rock carving created 1,300 years ago 75 feet off the ground.
Sofia, Bulgaria

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

A striking symbol of the Bulgarian capital.
Slanchevo, Bulgaria

Pobiti Kamani Stones

Mysterious standing stone formations looks like a petrified forest.
Shipka, Bulgaria

The Tomb of Seuthes III

The remarkably well-preserved final resting place of a powerful ancient Thracian king.
Varna, Bulgaria

Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship

This once-grandiose behemoth of a monument from the socialist era now sits quiet and closed up.
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv Roman Theater

This ancient theater, restored in the 20th century, lives on as a venue for dramatic and musical performances.
Vidin, Bulgaria

Abandoned Vidin Synagogue

The second-largest Jewish temple in Bulgaria was deserted after World War II, seized by the communist government and then abandoned again.
Balgarevo, Bulgaria

Cape Kaliakra

The site of many battles and tragedies, including the 40 maidens who leapt into the sea.
Rilski manastir, Bulgaria

Rila Monastery

This historic black and white monastery is one of Bulgaria's architectural jewels.
Shumen, Bulgaria

Bulgarian State Monument

This massive concrete sculpture is said to be the heaviest communist monument on Earth.
Belogradchik, Bulgaria

Belogradchik Rocks

Bizarrely shaped rock formations in northwest Bulgaria come with equally bizarre legends.
Vienna, Austria

The Lost Garden of Schloss Schonbrunn

The topiary maze at the Habsburg hunting lodge.
Vienna, Austria

Vienna Grand Ferris Wheel

Vienna's giant wonder wheel had a starring role in one of the greatest noir movies of all time.
Vienna, Austria

Hundertwasser's Odd Architecture

Op-art architecture designed for happiness.