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Stockholm, Sweden

Ribbinska Huset

It is said that each of the white stones in the red facade of this medieval house represents the head of a murdered Swedish noble.
59.3248, 18.0705
Survivor Tree
New York, New York

Survivor Tree

The last living thing to come out of the rubble after 9/11 is now a symbol of hope and resilience.
40.7116, -74.0133
"Halfdan carved these runes."
Fatih, Turkey

Viking Runes at Hagia Sophia

A small etching on the white marble parapet was written in runic script by a Viking mercenary.
41.0086, 28.9802
Modest huts dot the edge of town.
Arrowtown, New Zealand

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

This preserved village shows the modest lifestyles of the area's 19th-century Chinese gold miners.
-44.9378, 168.8281
Tengerszem Mine.
Sárospatak, Hungary

Tengerszem Nature Preserve

An industrial site turned into Hungary's most cherished natural wonder.
48.3571, 21.5729
Houses are covered with creepers in the deserted village.
Shengshan Island, China

Houtouwan

This abandoned fishing settlement may well be the greenest village in the world.
30.7240, 122.8226
Tbilisi, Georgia

Leaning Tower of Tbilisi

Disheveled clock tower of Tbilisi's puppet theatre.
41.6958, 44.8066
The Gabriadze Puppet Theater
Tbilisi, Georgia

Rezo Gabriadze Puppet Theater

A small but hugely whimsical theater where marionettes play out the "The Battle of Stalingrad."
41.6958, 44.8065
A view of the Tbilisi Mosque from atop the Narikala Fortress.
Tbilisi, Georgia

Jumah Mosque

At this rare mosque in Tbilisi, Sunni and Shia Muslims pray side by side.
41.6873, 44.8110
Tnjri
Skhtorashen, Armenia

Tnjri

Local legend says that whoever burns down this 2,000 year old Armenian tree will only have seven days left to live.
39.7045, 46.9406
The We Are Our Mountains monument.
Stepanakert, Azerbaijan

We Are Our Mountains

This striking icon of the micronation Republic of Artsakh caused a stir at a Eurovision Song Contest.
39.8371, 46.7700
"The Umbrella" at the base of the gorge
Şuşa

Hunot Gorge

A scenic canyon with thick forests and historic ruins.
39.7522, 46.7619
Batumi, Georgia

Alphabetic Tower

Tower with a double-helix spiral, adorned with letters of the Georgian alphabet.
41.6560, 41.6396
Tower in Batumi, Georgia
Batumi, Georgia

Batumi Tower Ferris Wheel

The first skyscraper to include a Ferris wheel built into the facade.
41.6542, 41.6365
Vardzia Cave Monastery
Georgia

Vardzia Cave Monastery

Underground monastery and fortress.
41.3812, 43.2842
Standing stone with hole.
Sisian, Armenia

Zorats Karer

Called the "Armenian Stonehenge," this ring of menhirs pierced with holes may be a prehistoric astronomical observatory.
39.5507, 46.0286
The relief that saved the monastery from Mongols
Yeghegnadzor, Armenia

Noravank Monastery

Nestled in a peaceful valley, this Armenian monastery may have been saved from Mongols thanks to the eyes of God.
39.6841, 45.2329
(Flickr/almasudi)
Goght, Armenia

Geghard Monastery

Armenian monastery carved out of cliffs and named after the spear that stabbed Jesus.
40.1403, 44.8051
Khor Virap Monastery
Lusarat, Armenia

Khor Virap Monastery

The most visited pilgrimage site in Armenia once held a saint in a pit for 13 years.
39.8783, 44.5761
Old Khndzoresk Cave Village
Khndzoresk, Armenia

Old Khndzoresk Cave Village

Right up until the 20th century this network of man-made caves was the biggest village in Eastern Armenia.
39.5122, 46.4336
Garni, Armenia

Garni Gorge

A geological oddity topped with a temple.
40.1123, 44.7303
The Three Brothers.
Riga, Latvia

The Three Brothers

The oldest housing complex in Riga is a mini timeline of architectural trends.
56.9504, 24.1044
Stepped tank in Hampi.
Hampi, India

Stepped Tanks of Hampi

The ancient water tanks remain some of the ruined city’s most beautiful architecture.
15.3307, 76.4626
Visovac Monastery.
Brištane, Croatia

Visovac Monastery

This picturesque medieval monastery guards a small trove of historic treasures.
43.8614, 15.9734