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Rome, Italy

The Mouth of Truth

The yawning maw of this pagan visage is said to bite off the hands of liars.
Ercolano, Italy

Herculaneum

Pompeii's less famous neighbor is still revealing her secrets.
Jasenovac, Croatia

Stone Flower

Croatia's towering concrete blossom grows from the site of a World War II concentration camp.
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik Cathedral Treasury (Riznica Katedrale)

A wunderkammer of gold and silver reliquaries and ancient saintly bones.
Zagreb, Croatia

Villa Rebar

This former estate of a fascist leader is now a burnt out ruin leading to a system of secret tunnels.
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik Maskeron

Gargoyle head that brings good luck.
Zagreb, Croatia

Brestovac Sanatorium

Once a state-of-the-art tuberculosis treatment spa, these ruins are now ruled by paintball players.
Podoštra, Croatia

Tesla's Birthplace Museum

Humble beginnings for one of the world's most famous scientists.
Podgarić, Croatia

Podgaric Monument

This stunning, out-of-the-way Croatian monument commemorates a community's uprising against occupying fascist forces.
Komiža, Croatia

Blue Cave of Bisevo

An ethereal glowing blue ocean cave in Croatia.
Moscow, Russia

The 'Golden Brains'

Some Moscow residents once claimed the bizarre, contorted mass of metal on top of the building was used to manipulate minds.
Moscow, Russia

Peter the Great Statue

One of the world's tallest statues is also one of its most hated.
Moscow, Russia

Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy

This newly renovated Soviet-era outdoor exhibition center is bigger than the principality of Monaco.
Moscow, Russia

Independent Republic of California Embassy in Moscow

The California secessionist movement has its own foreign embassy, in Russia of all places.
Moscow, Russia

Gorki Leninskiye

Former estate of Lenin, now home to his death mask.
Moscow, Russia

Museum of the Moscow Railway

This Russian locomotive museum was once devoted just to Lenin's funeral before expanding to encompass Moscow's entire train history.
Moscow, Russia

Red Gates skyscraper

Stalinist skyscraper built with help of cryotechnology.
Moscow, Russia

Old English Yard

The "Mystery and Company of Merchant Adventurers" is an Elizabethan-era hangout in Moscow.
Moscow, Russia

Institute of Russian Realist Art

One of the largest collections of socialist realist art shows the surprising depth of the official art of the Soviet Union.
Moscow, Russia

Soviet Dacha

This frozen-in-time summer home outside Moscow provides a look at Russian life in the 1950s.
Moscow, Russia

Public Museum of the Moscow Metro

Hidden in a metro shop under a shopping mall, this small museum tells the story of one of the world's largest urban transit systems.
Moscow, Russia

Aquarelle Train on The Moscow Metro

Museum design and public transportation meet in this unique Russian train car.
Moscow, Russia

Padlock Tree Park

Dozens of padlock-trees along the Moscow River.
Moscow, Russia

Hotel Ukraina

The tallest hotel in Europe.