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Fruita, Colorado

'Mike the Headless Chicken' Sculpture

It would be easy to walk past this unusual piece of art and have no idea it pays tribute to the odd life of a real chicken.
Gateway, Colorado

Sewemup Mesa

A remote sandstone plateau named for a legendary cattle rustler.
Kizilsu, China

Shipton's Arch (阿图什天门)

The world's largest natural arch was forgotten for over 50 years after its discovery.
Barskoon, Kyrgyzstan

Monument to Yuri Gagarin

A boulder carved into the shape of the cosmonaut's head.
Port Louis, Mauritius

Champ de Mars Racecourse

The oldest racecourse in the Southern Hemisphere.
Cabrera, Colombia

Sumapaz Páramo

The world's largest ecosystem of its kind is home to South America's only native species of bear.
Amsterdam Island, Norway

Smeerenburg Blubber Ovens

These circular ruins are all that remain of a 17th-century Arctic whaling outpost.
Thule, Greenland

Infrasound Station IS18

Neither bomb blasts nor heartbeats escape the giant ears of this super sci-fi Arctic outpost.
Sillamäe, Estonia

Sillamäe

This Soviet-era "closed town" was a top secret uranium producer often left off of maps.
Malbork, Poland

Malbork Castle

This 13th century Gothic brick castle is the largest in the world by surface area.
Osijek, Croatia

The Red Fićo

A tribute to an iconic act of defiance from the Croatian War of Independence involving a small car.
San Juan Teposcolula, Mexico

Templo de San Juan Bautista (Temple of Saint John the Baptist)

Oaxaca's recently restored "forgotten Dominican convent."
Angahuan, Mexico

Iglesia de Santo Santiago Apóstol (Church of Saint James the Apostle)

Located in the shadow of a volcano, this church is tied to the culture of the Purépecha people.
Mexico City, Mexico

CCEMx Site Museum

The remains of an Aztec school and various intriguing artifacts lie below a modern cultural center.
Tlalnepantla, Mexico

Mexica Sculpture Museum Dr. Eusebio Davalos Hurtado

The 19th-century hacienda house is filled with Aztec sculptures.
Ixcateopan de Cuauhtémoc, Mexico

Museo de Santa María de la Asunción

This church turned museum is dedicated to the last Mexica ruler, whose remains were allegedly buried under the altar.
Myingyan, Myanmar (Burma)

Mount Popa

Myanmar's Mount Olympus atop a 2,500-foot volcanic plug.
Meybod, Iran

Yakhchāls

Ancient structures used to make and preserve ice in the deserts of Persia.
Oxford, England

Rewley Road Swing Bridge

The remnants of this unusual bridge await an uncertain fate.
Karak, Jordan

Kerak Castle

Perched above the bustling town of Kerak is a sprawling, ruinous castle that has witnessed nearly a millennia of Levantine history.
Zion's Hill, Caribbean Netherlands

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport

The shortest in the world, this landing strip stretches a mere 1,312 feet before steep cliffs on either end plunge into the Caribbean.
Greece

The Lion of Chaeronea

Τhis feline monument commemorates fallen soldiers on a field that saw many, many battles.
Södermalm, Sweden

Abandoned Eriksdal Train Tunnel

It was meant to help transport wounded soldiers to a secret underground hospital.
Belogradchik, Bulgaria

Belogradchik Rocks

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