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Kayaköy, Turkey

Abandoned Village of Kayakoy

A Turkish ghost town abandoned in a population exchange with Greece.
Fethiye, Turkey

Lycian Rock Tombs

These tombs were built into the side of a mountain so that ancient angels could reach the dead.
Erbil, Iraq

Erbil Citadel

An ancient fortified mound raised over the millennia from settlements built one on top of the other.
Al-Shikhan, Iraq

Lalish Temple

The sacred shrine of the Yazidis, an obscure ancient Mesopotamian religion that's been persecuted for centuries.
Hasankeyf, Turkey

Hasankeyf

This ancient city - home to nine civilizations - is soon to be buried under 200 feet of water.
Diyarbakir, Turkey

Four-Legged Minaret

Balanced on four stone pillars, this historic tower was the site of a tragic political assassination.
Kayadere, Turkey

Nemrut Dagi

Mausoleum and Holy Seat of Antiochus I of Commagene.
Willemstad, Curaçao

Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

The floor of the oldest surviving synagogue in the Americas is entirely covered in sand.
United States Minor Outlying Islands

Jarvis Ghost Island

An abandoned guano-mining city in the South Pacific.
Sunnyvale, California

Libby's Water Tower

A giant can of fruit cocktail is all that remains of what was once the world's largest cannery.
West Bend, Iowa

Father Paul Dobberstein's Grotto of the Redemption

A four story, football field-sized, nine-grotto creation made of shells, minerals, and rare stones.
Pioneertown, California

Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

A music-filled, booze-soaked oasis in the desert.
Pioneertown, California

Pioneertown

A fake town founded by Western movie stars is now becoming a hip desert community.
Landers, California

Giant Rock

A regular looking rock with an unbelievable history.
California City, California

Lake Shore Inn

Abandoned hotel with adjacent lake and golf course.
California City, California

California City: The Unbuilt Suburb

The "3rd largest" city in California is an empty mirage of suburbia in the middle of nowhere.
Garden Grove, California

Crystal Cathedral

Megachurch comprised of 10,000 glass panes.
Henniker, New Hampshire

Ocean-Born Mary

Sites connected to a woman born on a ship and spared by a pirate.
Managua, Nicaragua

The Old Cathedral of Managua - Catedral de Santiago

A crumbling cathedral condemned by an earthquake.
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chich'en Itza

Every equinox this Mayan pyramid puts on a spooky ancient light show.
Tulum, Mexico

Angelita Cenote

A flooded Mexican cave that hides a river beneath the water.
San Juan Capistrano, California

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Oldest building in California still in use.
Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Twin Rocks

Two massive rock outcroppings on the Oregon coastline.
Forks, Washington

Hall of Mosses

An emerald-green grotto just a short trip from Austin.