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Belpasso, Italy

Mount Etna

The world's most active stratovolcano is almost always erupting.
37.7498, 14.9998
Schnals, Italy

Campanile di Curon

Bell tower juts out from a village buried under a lake.
46.8108, 10.5366
Palermo, Italy

Capuchin Monastery Catacombs

Catacombs with thousands of well-dressed mummies.
38.1119, 13.3392
Wax anatomical model without brain
Bologna, Italy

Bologna's Istituto di Anatomia Umana Normale

An amazing collection of wax anatomical models and terratological models.
44.4985, 11.3550
Bologna, Italy

Bologna Zoological Museum

This zoological museum began as the first great curiosity cabinet.
44.4957, 11.3539
Belogradchik, Bulgaria

Belogradchik Rocks

Bizarrely shaped rock formations in northwest Bulgaria come with equally bizarre legends.
43.6256, 22.6875
Monument of Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship
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.
43.2167, 27.9167
The National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Sofia, Bulgaria

National Palace of Culture

A vast Communist-era exhibition space in the Bulgarian capital.
42.6847, 23.3189
Statue of Sveta Sofia
Sofia, Bulgaria

Statue of Sveta Sofia

"Holy Wisdom" overlooks the city that became its namesake.
42.6978, 23.3215
The Largo Party House.
Sofia, Bulgaria

The Largo

Sofia's legislative center is continuously reinventing itself.
42.6976, 23.3250
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia
Sofia, Bulgaria

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

A striking symbol of the Bulgarian capital.
42.6958, 23.3330
Monument to the Soviet Army
Sofia, Bulgaria

Monument to the Soviet Army

A Bulgarian monument to Russia's role in World War II is constantly being painted in pop culture protest.
42.6917, 23.3364
The Bells Monument.
Sofia, Bulgaria

The Bells Monument

"Unity, Creativity, Beauty."
42.6188, 23.3794
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
Roman Theater in Plovdiv
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv Roman Theater

This ancient theater, restored in the 20th century, lives on as a venue for dramatic and musical performances.
42.1470, 24.7511
Statues depict first four Asen rulers.
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Asen Dynasty Monument

An homage to the medieval rulers of Bulgaria.
43.0826, 25.6354
Defenders of Stara Zagora Memorial Complex
Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

Defenders of Stara Zagora Memorial Complex

This massive stone and steel monument remembers a century-old battle that cost thousands of lives and nearly destroyed the city.
42.4334, 25.6531
Shipka Pass, viewed from Shipka
Gabrovo, Bulgaria

Shipka Pass

A mountain pass in Bulgaria's Balkan Mountains was the site of four historic battles.
42.7667, 25.3167
Shipka Memorial Church
Shipka, Bulgaria

Shipka Memorial Church

A magnificent, glittering building tucked into a tiny Bulgarian mountain town.
42.7161, 25.3289
Kazanlak, Bulgaria

Buzludzha Monument

An abandoned saucer-shaped monument in the Bulgarian mountains.
42.7360, 25.3936