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Katskhi, Georgia

Katskhi Pillar

Small church on top of a huge rock column.
Chiatura, Georgia

The Cable Cars of Chiatura

These Stalin-era industrial 'death traps' hang lifeless above the city
Tbilisi, Georgia

Bank of Georgia Building

Unusual building appears to be haphazardly built from randomly piled bricks.
Tbilisi, Georgia

The Iveria

Luxury hotel turned into a refugee camp, then turned back into a luxury hotel.
Tbilisi, Georgia

Dry Bridge Market

You'll find just about anything in this funky Tbilisi flea market.
Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi Sulfur Baths

A cluster of historic bathhouses built on the famed hot springs that gave the Georgian capital its name.
Tbilisi, Georgia

Jumah Mosque

At this rare mosque in Tbilisi, Sunni and Shia Muslims pray side by side.
Jerusalem, Israel

Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem

The only quarter of the Old City not dedicated to a major world religion.
Chiemsee, Germany

Herrenchiemsee Neues Schloss

Originally envisioned by King Ludwig II to rival Versailles, Herrenchiemsee's "New Palace" remains half-gilded for lack of funds.
Berlin, Germany

Berlin Victory Column

A monument to the three wars that led to German unification towers within a Berlin traffic circle.
Acre, Israel

El-Jazzar Mosque

A stunning mosque owes its design to an Ottoman ruler nicknamed "the Butcher."
Madrid, Spain

Atocha Station Tropical Garden

A lush indoor jungle fills this bustling Madrid transportation hub.
Kemzeke, Belgium

Verbeke Foundation

A collection of weird and wonderful art fills a former houseplant nursery.
Neustadt am Kulm, Germany

Rauher Kulm

A tiny basalt mountain with an observation tower overlooking the beautiful Bavarian countryside.
Orschwiller, France

Haut-Kœnigsbourg Castle

The castle was reconstructed to fit Kaiser Wilhelm II's romanticized vision of the Middle Ages.
Järva-Jaani, Estonia

Museum of Soviet Vehicles

Rusted cars, trucks, and buses form a fascinating collection of Soviet-era machinery.
Wiesenthau, Germany

Walberla

An ancient pagan site swirling with legends in the foothills of Franconian Switzerland.
Antwerp, Belgium

St. Anna's Tunnel

Rare wooden escalators lead deep down into an otherwise staggeringly monotonous tiled tunnel.
Stekene, Belgium

Hotel Casanus

Somewhere there is a giant who can no longer poop, but now travelers can stay inside his anus.
Eisenach, Germany

Wartburg Castle

The castle where Martin Luther secretly translated the New Testament from Greek to German while in hiding.
Bingen, Germany

Mouse Tower

Legendary site where an evil bishop was devoured by rodents.
Netzschkau, Germany

Göltzsch Viaduct

The largest brick bridge in the world.
Trier, Germany

Karl Marx House

The birthplace of Karl Marx is now a museum dedicated to the communist revolutionary's life and work.
Ridala Parish, Estonia

Haapsalu Airfield

This abandoned fighter jet launch center is now a haunting street racing course.