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Loriga, Portugal

Torre da Estrela

This tower once served as a radar station during the Cold War.
Hardheim, Germany

Walter Hohmann Monument

A scale rocket of an Ariane 5 rocket serves as a monument to a pioneer of space science.
Peniche, Portugal

Fort of São João Baptista (Berlengas)

A fortress off the West coast of Portugal that dates back to 1502.
Valongo, Portugal

Valongo Sanatorium

An abandoned tuberculosis hospital said to be haunted by the patients who died within its walls.
Elvas, Portugal

Fort of Graça

This star-shaped military outpost is now simply trying to protect itself from neglect.
Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Santuário de Santa Luzia

An icon of the city, this chapel features an amazing dome ceiling and offers panoramic views.
Colares, Portugal

Cabo da Roca

One Portuguese poet described this cape, the westernmost point in mainland Europe, as "where the land ends and the sea begins."
Tbilisi, Georgia

'Chronicle of Georgia'

This extraordinary, multi-pillared monument depicts the fascinating history of Georgia.
Nuremberg, Germany

'Der Hase'

This strange sculpture depicts a giant nightmare hare crushing a man to death beneath its colossal bulk.
Munich, Germany

Lady Bavaria

This massive statue is the personification of Bavaria and the first colossal statue of the modern period composed of bronze.
Beveren, Belgium

Hof ter Saksen

The ruins of a castle sat decaying in this park for years before a massive renovation restored this area to its past beauty.
Nuremberg, Germany

Ochsenportal

An ornate sculpture of an ox in repose marks the former entrance to Nuremberg's medieval meat market, which was destroyed during World War II.
Portugal

Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Seiça

The crumbling ruins of an abandoned 12th-century monastery.
Nuremberg, Germany

Albrecht Dürer's Grave

The final resting place of one of Germany's most accomplished Renaissance men.
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Haus zum Walfisch

A psychedelic, late Gothic building-turned bank once housed Erasmus for over a decade before becoming a set location for a cult-classic horror film.
New York, New York

Game Boy that Survived a Bombing

Though the case is scorched and the buttons half-melted, this hardy handheld gaming device can still run a game of Tetris.
Garni, Armenia

Garni Gorge

A geological oddity topped with a 2,000-year-old pagan temple.
Odzun, Armenia

Obelisk of Odzun

An unusual double-stelae obelisk with ancient and mysterious origins.
Noratus, Armenia

Khachkars

Hundreds of intricately carved Armenian stone crosses can be found within this huge cemetery.
Alaverdi, Armenia

Mikoyan Museum

This small shrine is dedicated to the designer of the first Russian fighter jet and his brother, who became Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet.
Byurakan, Armenia

Byurakan Observatory

Armenia's premier center of astrophysical research was established during the Soviet era.
Byurakan, Armenia

Armenian Alphabet Monument

Giant stone letters dedicated to the founder of Armenia's alphabet.
Yeghegnadzor, Armenia

Noravank Monastery

Nestled in a peaceful valley, this Armenian monastery may have been saved from Mongols thanks to the eyes of God.
Yerevan, Armenia

The Matenadaran

This medieval manuscript collection has some of the most obscure and ancient texts in the world.