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Monopoli, Italy

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Suffragio detta del Purgatorio

Macabre symbols of death and mummies on display set the tone of this Italian purgatory church.
Matera, Italy

Chiesa del Purgatorio

Skulls and skeletons are omnipresent in this church dedicated to souls trapped in purgatory.
Matera, Italy

Sassi di Matera

People have been living in the cave houses on this Italian hillside since the Neolithic era.
Nardò, Italy

Nardò Ring

This high-speed test track is popular with car manufacturers, speed freaks and orbiting astronauts.
Melendugno, Italy

Torre Sant'Andrea

Dramatic sea stacks adorn the coast of this small village on the Adriatic coast.
Alberobello, Italy

Alberobello

Southern Italy's spinning top village.
Lecce, Italy

Roman Amphitheater of Lecce

A long-buried ancient ruin unearthed right in the middle of the city.
Lecce, Italy

Museo Faggiano

One man's quest to fix his toilet unearthed over 5,000 artifacts spanning more than 2,000 years of history.
Otranto, Italy

Ossuary Chapel of the Cathedral of Otranto

A 1,000-year-old church holds the bones of the Christian martyrs who died hiding inside it.
Lakonia, Greece

Dimitrios

This wrecked ghost ship has been rusting on a Greek beach since the 1980s.
Laconia, Greece

Vatheia

The historic tower houses of this nearly abandoned Greek town have been compared to the spikes on an iguana's back.
Agrilos, Greece

Fairytale Castle of Agrili

A magical, if a bit tacky, 1960s castle conjures up medieval fairytales and Greek mythology.
Arcadia, Greece

St. Theodora's Chapel

Seventeen oak trees sprout from the roof and walls of this tiny chapel without any visual evidence of roots.
Sparta, Greece

Mystras

The ruins of an abandoned medieval city where the last Byzantine emperor was crowned.
Argolis, Greece

Mycenae

This legendary city has been a tourist attraction for centuries.
Nafplio, Greece

Bourtzi

This 15th-century island fortress later served as home to the executioners no one wanted to live near.
Nafplio, Greece

Vouleftikon (People's Assembly)

This 18th-century former mosque held the first Hellenic Parliament.
Nafplio, Greece

Church of Agios Spyridon

The historic building has preserved human organs, unusual hexagrams, and scars from a political assassination.
Greece

The Oracle of Delphi

The hallucinogenic center of the ancient world.
Kalabaka, Greece

Meteora

Monasteries on rock pillars, once accessible only by frayed ropes.
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv Roman Theater

This ancient theater, restored in the 20th century, lives on as a venue for dramatic and musical performances.
Istanbul, Turkey

Tombs of the Sultans at Hagia Sophia

Five sultans and their families rest in eternal splendor, teeming with overlooked beauty and drama.
Istanbul, Turkey

Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul

A marvel of Byzantine engineering under the streets of Istanbul.
Istanbul, Turkey

Obelisk of Theodosius

This remarkably well-preserved Egyptian plinth is pretty well traveled for a giant piece of stone.