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Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Garavice Memorial Park

A forgotten and crumbling Yugoslav monument to the victims of fascism.
Vukovar, Croatia

Dudik Memorial Park

Built as an anti-fascist tribute, this surreal Yugoslav memorial became an unwelcome symbol after the Croatian war for independence.
Osijek, Croatia

The Red Fićo

A tribute to an iconic act of defiance from the Croatian War of Independence involving a small car.
Malička, Croatia

Petrova Gora

This huge metal monument is slowly being stripped to its concrete skeleton.
Željava, Croatia

Zeljava Airbase

Yugoslavia's biggest underground airport lies in ruins.
Plitvička Jezera, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes

A chain of 16 wondrous lakes formed as a result of the gradual dissolution of soluble layers of bedrock.
Lille, France

Porte de Paris

This triumphal arch celebrating the Sun King's conquest of Lille is a masterpiece of military architecture.
Lille, France

Monument to Carrier Pigeons

This statue honors the thousands of Allied avians that served and died for France during World War I.
Lille, France

Vieille Bourse Book Market

Tables of secondhand books fill the inner courtyard of this 17th-century stock exchange.
Roubaix, France

La Piscine

Museum in a swimming pool where the water still flows.
Duffel, Belgium

Duffelcoat Statue

The birthplace of the titular coat and related products celebrates its claim to fame with a statue of a coat.
Liège, Belgium

Fort de la Chartreuse

This abandoned Belgian fortress is purposefully being left to nature.
Houyet, Belgium

Halte Royal d'Ardenne

The private train station King Leopold II built for the Belgian royal family now lies abandoned.
Brussels, Belgium

Zinneke Pis

Meet the bronze beloved pet to a family of famous peeing statues.
Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, France

Ruined Church of Ablain-Saint-Nazaire

The 16th-century church was kept in its ruined state as a reminder of the casualties of World War I.
Givenchy-en-Gohelle, France

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

A monument to the thousands of Canadian soldiers who died capturing the French ridge during World War I.
Helfaut, France

La Coupole

This bunker in northern France was built by Nazi German forces with the intention of launching up to 50 V2 rockets at London each day.
Chisinau, Moldova

Lenin Monument

A statue dedicated to the founders of communism.
Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau State Circus

This abandoned Soviet circus is slowly being restored to its Communist-era glory.
Chisinau, Moldova

Romanita Collective Housing Tower

Once the tallest building in Chisinau, this unique tower is a relic of Soviet architecture.
Chisinau, Moldova

Moldova's Little Prince Statue

At less than four inches in height, this iconic fictional character is the smallest public statue in all of Moldova.
Tiraspol, Moldova

Transnistria

A forgotten remnant of the Soviet Union, Transnistria is an unrecognized country hidden behind a heavily militarized border between Moldova and Ukraine.
Bucharest, Romania

Memorial of Rebirth

This memorial to the victims of the Romanian Revolution of 1989 is often compared to a potato on a skewer.
Bucharest, Romania

Palace of the Parliament

This communist behemoth is the heaviest building in the world and a legacy of a brutal regime.