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Comacchio, Italy

Ponte dei Trepponti (Trepponti Bridge)

This uniquely designed bridge served as the city gate for Comacchio.
Slovenia

'Ajdovska Deklica' ('Heathen Maiden')

An unmistakable facial pareidolia in the Julian Alps also includes a fantastic tale.
Hrodna, Belarus

Januš Parulis Museum of Life and History of Hrodna

An unusual museum home to a vast collection of items that represent everyday life.
Gamsutl', Russia

Gamsutl

Propped high atop the peak of Mount Gamsutlmeer, this abandoned village is one of the oldest settlements in the region.
Modhera, India

Modhera Sun Temple

An architectural marvel that dates back to the zenith of Indian architecture.
Bratislava, Slovakia

Radio and Television Slovakia

The inverted pyramid design of this station stands out amid Bratislava's urban landscape.
Kecamatan Prambanan, Indonesia

Prambanan

This massive complex is made up of hundreds of smaller temples that date back to the ninth century.
Polotsk, Belarus

St. Sophia's Cathedral

Though it was heavily modified, fragments of the original medieval cathedral still survive.
Hrodna, Belarus

Mona Lisa of Grodno

The old fire station features a mural that has more to it than first meets the eye.
Lahoisk District, Belarus

Khatyn Memorial Complex

A symbolic graveyard for the villages that perished during the Nazi invasion of Belarus.
Polotsk, Belarus

Geographic Center of Europe

A monument in the Belarusian city of Polotsk claims to mark the exact midpoint of the European continent.
Brest, Belarus

Statue Of Lenin

Nearly three decades since the fall of the Soviet Union, the hero of the USSR still stands over Belarus.
Smaliavicki rajon, Belarus

Mound of Glory

A striking Soviet memorial commemorates the liberation of Belarus from the Nazis.
Minski rajon, Belarus

The Stalin Line

Remains of the old fortification along the Western border of the USSR, now an elaborate defense museum.
Brest, Belarus

Museum of Confiscated Art

A small museum in this border city displays the contraband art that has been stolen back from smugglers.
Hrodna, Belarus

Museum of Malformations of the Human Body

This rare collection of human deformities displays fetuses with two faces, one eye, and "mermaid" legs.
Brest, Belarus

Brest Hero-Fortress

Thanks to its heroic service during WWII this Soviet castle has been turned into a monument towered over by a brutalist titan.
Minsk, Belarus

Museum of Stones

A unique park tells the geological history of Belarus in a national “map” of thousands of boulders and blue spruce.
Minsk, Belarus

Isle of Tears

A beautiful and moving memorial set on a little island in the middle of the river in Minsk.
Minsk, Belarus

Slepianskaya Waterway System

A system of constructed rapids and concrete waterfalls in a linear park on the Slepnya River.
Minsk, Belarus

Lee Harvey Oswald's Apartment in Minsk

The apartment building where JFK's assassin lived after defecting to the Soviet Union.
Minsk, Belarus

National Library of Belarus

Glowing orb in Minsk houses 8,600,000 items.
Minsk, Belarus

Minsk KFC

Remnants of the city's Soviet history hover over this modern fast-food outlet.
Minsk, Belarus

Fountain of Three Storks

A sculpture of graceful storks sits atop this fountain in Independence Square.