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A pathway towards the Lost 40
Northome, Minnesota

The Lost 40

A mapping error in the 19th century made loggers think this section of the forest was underwater.
47.7660, -94.0890
Mustjala Parish, Estonia

Ninase Windmills

Two old windmills got a new life as oversized sculptures of a man and a woman.
58.5233, 22.2317
Tallinn, Estonia

Old Thomas

The Guardian of Tallinn.
59.4371, 24.7455
Towering 100 feet above the landscape (Flickr/Outsider Inside Estonia)
Reigi, Estonia

Hiiumaa Eiffel Tower

A wooden replica of France's famous tower.
59.0095, 22.4973
Madise, Estonia

Madise's Lost Cemetery

Tombstones buried in overgrown grass mark the deceased occupants of this abandoned graveyard.
59.2990, 24.1209
"No Pedestrian" signs in the Saatse Boot
Estonia

Saatse Boot

This peculiar border irregularity is the only way to legally enter Russia without a visa.
57.9098, 27.7209
The leaning lighthouse of Kiipsaare, off the island of Saaremaa, Estonia.
Saaremaa, Estonia

Kiipsaare Lighthouse

Once standing on solid ground, this slender beacon is a victim of the very shoreline it was charged with announcing.
58.4958, 21.8411
Linnahall
Tallinn, Estonia

Linnahall

An empty relic of the Moscow Olympics crumbles away in the middle of Estonia.
59.4467, 24.7535
The view from the KGB Museum
Tallinn, Estonia

KGB Museum

"There's nothing there," and other lies the KGB told us.
59.4365, 24.7549
The carving of the horseman. (Gerhard Palnstorfer/Flickr)
Kaspichan, Bulgaria

Madara Rider

Rock carving created 1,300 years ago 75 feet off the ground.
43.3000, 27.1500
Slanchevo, Bulgaria

Pobiti Kamani Stones

Mysterious standing stone formations looks like a petrified forest.
43.2357, 27.6838
A communist overlord menaces the city below.
Shumen, Bulgaria

Bulgarian State Monument

This massive concrete sculpture is said to be the heaviest communist monument on Earth.
43.2623, 26.9224
Valle dei Mulini
Sorrento, Italy

Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Mills)

An Italian crevasse filled with abandoned buildings gives visitors a look at the world without humans.
40.6247, 14.3756
Herculaneum
Ercolano, Italy

Herculaneum

Pompeii's less famous neighbor is still revealing her secrets.
40.8062, 14.3475
(Flickr/Elizabeth Thomsen)
Alberobello, Italy

Alberobello

Southern Italy's spinning top village.
40.7862, 17.2376
Decrepit structures in the medieval village
Province of Matera, Italy

The Village of Craco

An Italian hillside ghost town.
40.3788, 16.4400
Skara Brae is on the west coast of Scotland.
Sandwick, Scotland

Skara Brae

Amazing and mysterious Neolithic settlement on Scotland's Orkney Islands.
59.0486, -3.3431
Maeshowe
Orkney, Scotland

Maeshowe

Thanks to both terrific preservation and historic vandalism this ancient site is known as the "Heart of Neolithic Orkney."
58.9956, -3.1883
Cuween Hill Cairn
Orkney, Scotland

Cuween Hill Cairn

Enter the world under the hill at this ancient UK burial chamber.
58.9971, -3.1078
Tomb of the Eagles
Orkney, Scotland

Tomb of the Eagles

This Scottish burial tomb once held hundreds of ancient eagle bones.
58.7400, -2.9220
Ring of Brodgar
Orkney, Scotland

Ring of Brodgar

The true age of this ancient stone circle is unknown, but its stunning vista isn't in question.
59.0020, -3.2287
The Stones of Stenness
Orkney, Scotland

The Stones of Stenness

Possibly the oldest of Britain's ancient henges is also one of its most stark.
58.9940, -3.2078
The Italian Church
Orkney, Scotland

The Italian Chapel

This tin chapel was built by POW's during World War II and is painted to look like something much more grand.
58.8897, -2.8901
Mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic-Njegos
Njeguši, Montenegro

Mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic-Njegos

A beautiful mountaintop mausoleum devoted to a Montenegrin icon can't seem to make everyone happy.
42.3994, 18.8189