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The Golden Gate of Kiev, as it stands today.
Kyiv, Ukraine

Golden Gate of Kyiv

A reconstructed medieval gateway that was the magnificent entrance to the capital city dating back to 1037.
50.4488, 30.5133
Ai-Petri Bridges
Yalta, Crimea

Ai-Petri Bridges

One of the windiest peaks in Crimea is home to an incredible set of cable bridges.
44.4511, 34.0528
North facade of Voronstov Palace
Alupka, Crimea

Vorontsov Palace

This magnificent Crimean estate was once a playground of the Russian elite.
44.4199, 34.0547
The Heart of Midlothian marks the former entrance to the Old Tolbooth.
Edinburgh, Scotland

The Heart of Midlothian

A sweet symbol marks the place where torturous executions were once carried out.
55.9496, -3.1919
Robert the Bruce (left) and William Wallace (right) stand guard at the gates.
Edinburgh, Scotland

William Wallace and Robert the Bruce Statues

Overlooked by many, the two famous Scottish warriors guard the main gate of Edinburgh Castle.
55.9486, -3.1999
Edinburgh, Scotland

Mons Meg

A six ton wedding gift to King of the Scots.
55.9489, -3.2002
Historic Reading Room
Manchester, England

John Rylands Library

A Victorian Gothic masterpiece housing a world-class collection of rare books and manuscripts.
53.4804, -2.2488
Public Standards of Length at the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
London, England

Public Standards of Length

19th-century scientists would make the pilgrimage here to verify the precision of their measuring sticks.
51.4753, 0.0014
Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate.
York, England

Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate

One of the shortest streets in York has an especially odd name.
53.9592, -1.0793
Kyiv, Ukraine

Rodina-Mat : Mother Motherland

340-foot statue built to honour the Heroes of the Soviet Union.
50.4265, 30.5631
On top of Mount Tiede. (Ariel Shultz/Atlas Obscura)
Spain

Mount Teide

Mountain believed by aborigines to house the devil.
28.2728, -16.6422
John Harrison's H1 marine timepiece
London, England

John Harrison's Marine Chronometers

The handiwork of a underdog clockmaker who solved an impossible problem for an Empire, and forever revolutionized seafaring.
51.4769, -0.0005
Greenwich Foot Tunnel
London, England

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

A 1,215-foot tunnel transports pedestrians beneath the River Thames.
51.4833, -0.0102
The Mouth of Truth
Rome, Italy

The Mouth of Truth

The yawning maw of this pagan visage is said to bite off the hands of liars.
41.8888, 12.4816
Cats lounging on ancient architecture
Rome, Italy

Torre Argentina (Roman Cat Sanctuary)

Hundreds of lucky felines haunt the ruins where Caesar was murdered.
41.8959, 12.4765
Rome, Italy

Keats-Shelley Memorial House

Museum dedicated to literary greats of the Romantic Period is also the home in which Keats met his untimely end.
41.9051, 12.4868
Pripyat Amusement Park
Pryp'yat', Ukraine

Pripyat Amusement Park

Radioactive amusement park abandoned after the Chernobyl disaster.
51.4084, 30.0551
The Swallow's Nest
Haspra, Crimea

The Swallow's Nest

A castle perched precariously over the Crimean Sea.
44.4305, 34.1282
Museum of the Great Patriotic War
Kyiv, Ukraine

Museum of the Great Patriotic War

One of the largest museums in Ukraine remembers the story of the German-Soviet War in iconic, brutalist style.
50.4266, 30.5636
The never-ending escalator ride.
Kyiv, Ukraine

Arsenalna Metro Station

The deepest metro station in the world.
50.4444, 30.5454
Kyiv, Ukraine

House with Chimaeras

An Art Nouveau building covered in animal gargoyles.
50.4450, 30.5286
Trade Unions building in Odessa, after the fire.
Odessa, Ukraine

Trade Unions Building

The eerie burnt-out remains of a prominent building where 30 protestors lost their lives.
46.4658, 30.7433
Splendid China, Orlando
Kissimmee, Florida

Splendid China

Once featuring over 60 miniature replicas of famous Chinese locations, the Splendid China theme park was completely abandoned and is now mostly rubble.
28.3376, -81.6057
East Molesey, England

Hampton Court Maze

England's oldest surviving hedge maze has been confusing visitors for over 300 years.
51.3985, -0.3494